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(From BBC Monitoring International Reports)
By creating a military-industrial commission under the government, President Putin has increased the powers of Deputy PM and Defence Minister Sergey Ivanov. PM Mikhail Fradkov is on the wane, he is being squeezed by First Deputy PM Dmitriy Medvedev and Sergey Ivanov, while the administrative staff of the PM has already been reduced from 43 people to 10. Other losers include Economic Development Minister German Gref and Industry and Energy Minister Viktor Khristenko. The following is the text report by Nikolay Vardul and Konstantin Smirnov: "Sergey Ivanov has been appointed successor. New military-industrial commission created in government" of report by Russian newspaper Gazeta on 21 March, subheadings have been inserted editorially:
Vladimir Putin has created a sensation. It happened during his traditional Monday [20 March] meeting with …