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Russian PM approved amid Putin ‘power grab’


The State Duma, the lower house of parliament, gave its backing to Mikhail Mishustin, a 53-year-old with almost no political profile, endorsing his nomination with 383 votes of 424 cast.

Nobody voted against him; there were 41 abstentions.

Mr Mishustin, who has headed the country’s tax service and played ice hockey with Mr Putin, said he would name his cabinet in the near future.

Mikhail Mishustin, President Vladimir Putin's nominee for the post of prime minister. Picture: AFP Source:AFP

Mr Putin signed a decree appointing him prime minister soon afterwards.

His elevation is part of a sweeping ...


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