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Putin appoints new Kremlin domestic policy strategist

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks at an opening session of the newly elected State Duma, Russia's lower house of parliament, in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016. In his speech to members of the newly-elected lower house, Putin said the State Duma must help make Russia stronger. (Natalia Kolesnikova/Pool photo via AP)

    Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks at an opening session of the newly elected State Duma, Russia's lower house of parliament, in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016. In his speech to members of the newly-elected lower house, Putin said the State Duma must help make Russia stronger. (Natalia Kolesnikova/Pool photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2010 file pool photo Sergey Kiriyenko, attends a conference in Sofia, Bulgaria. President Vladimir Putin's decree names Rosatom chief Sergei Kiriyenko, 54, the Kremlin's first deputy chief of staff in charge of domestic politics, responsible for formulating a broad range of policies. Kiriyenko replaces Vyacheslav Volodin, who has been named the speaker of the newly elected lower house. (AP Photo/Valentina Petrova, Pool File)

    FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2010 file pool photo Sergey Kiriyenko, attends a conference in Sofia, Bulgaria. President Vladimir Putin's decree names Rosatom chief Sergei Kiriyenko, 54, the Kremlin's first deputy chief of staff in charge of domestic politics, responsible for formulating a broad range of policies. Kiriyenko replaces Vyacheslav Volodin, who has been named the speaker of the newly elected lower house. (AP Photo/Valentina Petrova, Pool File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014 file pool photo Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, speaks with Chief of Russia's State Nuclear Corporation Rosatom Sergei Kiriyenko in the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, . Putin's decree names Kiriyenko, 54, the Kremlin's first deputy chief of staff in charge of domestic politics, responsible for formulating a broad range of policies. Kiriyenko replaces Vyacheslav Volodin, who has been named the speaker of the newly elected lower house. (Alexei Nikolsky/Pool File Photo via AP)

    FILE - In this Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014 file pool photo Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, speaks with Chief of Russia's State Nuclear Corporation Rosatom Sergei Kiriyenko in the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, . Putin's decree names Kiriyenko, 54, the Kremlin's first deputy chief of staff in charge of domestic politics, responsible for formulating a broad range of policies. Kiriyenko replaces Vyacheslav Volodin, who has been named the speaker of the newly elected lower house. (Alexei Nikolsky/Pool File Photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

President Vladimir Putin has promoted the head of Russia's state-controlled nuclear corporation to be his new domestic policy strategist.

Putin's decree names Rosatom chief Sergei Kiriyenko, 54, the Kremlin's first deputy chief of staff in charge of domestic politics, responsible for formulating a broad range of policies. Kiriyenko replaces Vyacheslav Volodin, who has been named the speaker of the newly elected lower house.

Volodin has been widely seen as one of Russia's most influential officials, a man who directed the parliament's work and engineered elections.

Kiriyenko shot to prominence in 1998 when he became Russia's youngest prime minister at the age of 35, but lost his job four months later amid a financial crisis. He later served as Putin's regional envoy before being put in charge of Rosatom in 2005.