Russian presidential administration head dismissed

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree relieving Sergei Ivanov from his position as head of the presidential administration and appointing Anton Vaino as the new staff chief, the Kremlin said Friday.

Vaino, 44, previously served as deputy head of the presidential administration.

Ivanov, who headed the presidential administration since Dec 22, 2011, has been nominated a special representative of the president for environmental management, ecology and transport.

At a meeting with both Vaino and Ivanov, Putin said that Ivanov himself asked him to be relieved of his duties and recommended Vaino as his successor, according to the official transcript of the meeting.