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Putin nominates new speaker of Russian parliament

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with members of Central Election Commission in Moscow's Kremlin, Russia on Friday, Sept. 23, 2016. Russia's parliamentary elections earlier this month saw the main party backing Putin sharply expand its grip on the lower house. (Mikhail Klimentyev/Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

    Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with members of Central Election Commission in Moscow's Kremlin, Russia on Friday, Sept. 23, 2016. Russia's parliamentary elections earlier this month saw the main party backing Putin sharply expand its grip on the lower house. (Mikhail Klimentyev/Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE- In this Monday, May 23, 2011 file photo, Russian then Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, right, speaks with his then Chief of Staff, Vyacheslav Volodin, during a meeting in Pskov, northwest of Moscow, Russia.  Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday Sept. 23, 2016, nominated Vyacheslav Volodin, the Kremlin's deputy chief of staff who oversaw the vote, as the State Duma's speaker.  Volodin replaces Sergei Naryshkin, whom Putin named the new chief of Russia's Foreign Intelligence Service. (Alexei Nikolsky/Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

    FILE- In this Monday, May 23, 2011 file photo, Russian then Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, right, speaks with his then Chief of Staff, Vyacheslav Volodin, during a meeting in Pskov, northwest of Moscow, Russia. Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday Sept. 23, 2016, nominated Vyacheslav Volodin, the Kremlin's deputy chief of staff who oversaw the vote, as the State Duma's speaker. Volodin replaces Sergei Naryshkin, whom Putin named the new chief of Russia's Foreign Intelligence Service. (Alexei Nikolsky/Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with members of Central Election Commission in Moscow's Kremlin, Russia on Friday, Sept. 23, 2016. Russia's parliamentary elections earlier this month saw the main party backing Putin sharply expand its grip on the lower house. (Mikhail Klimentyev/Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

    Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with members of Central Election Commission in Moscow's Kremlin, Russia on Friday, Sept. 23, 2016. Russia's parliamentary elections earlier this month saw the main party backing Putin sharply expand its grip on the lower house. (Mikhail Klimentyev/Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Russian President Vladimir Putin has named his top political strategist to serve as the speaker of the newly elected parliament after elections that saw the main pro-Kremlin party strengthen its grip on the lower house.

Putin on Friday nominated Vyacheslav Volodin, the Kremlin's deputy chief of staff who oversaw the vote, as the State Duma's speaker. Volodin replaces Sergei Naryshkin, whom Putin named the new chief of Russia's Foreign Intelligence Service.

Volodin has been widely seen as the main architect of the Kremlin's domestic policies over the past five years, including a slew of laws that introduced tough punishment for taking part in unsanctioned protests and slapped new restrictions on non-government organizations.

While Volodin has largely stayed in the shadows, he is considered one of Russia's most influential officials.