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Vladimir Putin appoints new Kremlin Cabinet

Vladimir Putin revealed Russia's new Cabinet on Tuesday, moving some unpopular ministers to new posts and keeping Putin loyalists close.

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Russia's president-elect Vladimir Putin takes his oath of office in Moscow’s Kremlin, on May 7, 2012. (DMITRY ASTAKHOV/AFP/Getty Images)

Vladimir Putin revealed Russia's new Cabinet on Tuesday, moving some unpopular ministers to new posts and keeping Putin loyalists close.

The president's administration will be dominated by some of his closest confidantes who have been by his side for a decade, including fellow veterans of the intelligence services, reported The New York Times. A handful of very unpopular ministers were removed from their posts on Monday but, as Putin hates to fire anyone, each of those ministers will receive a new post as a presidential aide or adviser in the Kremlin.

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Education and Science Minister Andrei Fursenko, who was criticized in the media for attempting to reform Russia's education system, has been replaced by head of the Moscow Institute of Steel and Alloys Dmitry Livanov, according to UPI. The Health and Social Development Ministry has been split in two, with Veronika Skvortsova heading the new Health Ministry and Maxim Topilin heading the Social Welfare Ministry.

According to the Associated Press, Putin said the newly appointed Cabinet, led by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, will continue on its same course set in previous years.

"The situation in global economy is unclear, there are quite a lot of factors that make it opaque," Putin said, reported the AP. "You will have to fulfill a program of Russia's development in these conditions."

Someone who did not receive a new Kremlin post was former Deputy Prime Minister Igor I. Sechin, an advocate for more state control over the energy sector, according to Reuters. Sechin will now lead Rosneft, Russia's largest oil company.

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