James Forsyth

Putin set to anoint Ivanov as his successor

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Interesting news from Russia where Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov and his cabinet have all resigned, giving Putin the chance to appoint a new PM and government before presidential elections next year. If the hawkish deputy PM Sergei Ivanov is picked, it will confirm that he is Putin’s chosen successor. Indeed, given the amount of attention Ivanov receives on state TV it would now be a major surprise if he was not the next president of Russia. 

Written byJames Forsyth

James Forsyth is Political Editor of the Spectator. He is also a columnist in The Sun.

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