Is Dmitry Medvedev, Mr Putins successor in 2008, destined to return once more?
In any case, clearing out ageing comrades helps refresh (and intimidate) the countrys elite.
Ministers may be swapped out after parliamentary elections.The grandson of an Estonian Communist Party leader, Mr Vaino started out as a diplomat, serving in Tokyo.This aura of mystery is not happenstance, but a guiding principle.Yet he had reportedly been excluded from the inner circle for some time.As for Mr Ivanov, the death by drowning of his son in 2014 may have left him exhausted.However, lotto soudal shop he adds, no one except the president knows what those new aims are.More old cronies, such as the Rosneft head, Igor Sechin, may find themselves under fire.Certain trends can be divined.As Kirill Rogov, a political analyst, explains: They believe that secrecy is power.Or is Mr Putin seeking a new heir?We have only a black box.
Some analysts think Mr Putin is losing interest in the independent counsel of old friends who can speak to him as equals.
Those who dont fit Putins vision of the new aims are leaving, says Aleksei Chesnakov, a former presidential administration official.This year he appointed former bodyguards as governors free hud for poker in three regions.The new generation of Putins people tend to owe their careers entirely to the president.The decision to replace him with the 44-year-old Anton Vaino fits a broader pattern of Mr Putins old comrades being pushed out in favour of younger loyalists.They should be loyal, effective and non-ideological, says Evgeny Minchenko, a political consultant.Parliamentary poker vm las vegas 2018 elections loom in mid-September and the Russian economy remains weak.As budgets tighten, such blatant corruption has become too costly to tolerate, some analysts argue.Yet where these shifts will take the country remains a mystery.
The moves real meaning was left to speculation.
New faces have taken over the powerful economic-crimes department of the Federal Security Service (FSB).