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BBC News America Putin’s ‘grey cardinal’ steps back into shadows

Image copyright AFP Image caption Mr Surkov, left, was a close adviser to President Putin Russian President Vladimir Putin has dismissed one of his closest advisers, Vladislav Surkov. The secretive strategist was known as the grey cardinal in Russia due to his perceived influence on the president behind the scenes.He was widely seen as an…

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Mr Surkov, left, was a close adviser to President Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin has dismissed one of his closest advisers, Vladislav Surkov. The secretive strategist was known as the grey cardinal in Russia due to his perceived influence on the president behind the scenes.He was widely seen as an aide who helped Mr Putin cement his hold on power.Mr Surkov oversaw policy towards Ukraine, but was recently
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