Spin doctors announced Ivanov’s and Timchenko’s withdrawal from Putin's inner circle
Sergey Ivanov and Gennady Timchenko left the inner circle of Vladimir Putin, the report of Minchenko Consulting said. Experts report about an aggravation of the inter-elite competition because of problems in the economy.
The former Head of the Presidential Administration Sergey Ivanov and the businessman Gennady Timchenko are not included in the inner circle of Vladimir Putin. To such conclusion the experts of the holding Minchenko Consulting came in the new annual report which describes a group of the most influential officials and businessmen of the country.
According to the head of the holding, the political strategist Yevgeny Minchenko, Timchenko’s withdrawal out of the President's inner circle is connected with the businessman’s decreased activity in strategic areas. "Earlier, Roman Abramovich has taken a similar path," Minchenko said in an interview to RBC.
Ivanov fell out of the elite group because he resigned from the position of the Head of the Presidential Administration. At the same time, he maintains a fairly wide range of powers (informal supervision of the ministries of Transport and Natural Resources), and Timchenko continues to have significant financial resources.
A new candidate for the President's inner circle, according to the experts, is Sergey Kiriyenko, the newly appointed first Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration. In addition, another candidate is the new Head of the PA Anton Vaino. "Kiriyenko and Vaino have the potential to grow into this role, but it is not unlocked," Minchenko said.
Of the current Putin's confidants, the growing influence is demonstrated by the Head of Rostech (Russian Technologies) Chemezov, the Head of the bank Russia Yuri Kovalchuk, the Head of Rosneft Sechin and the Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin.Stable positions in the inner circle retain the Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, the businessman Arkady Rotenberg, the Duma Speaker Volodin and the Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu.
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