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Sports Minister Mutko officially appointed deputy PM — Putin’s decree

October 19, 2016, 21:10 UTC+3 MOSCOW

Vitaly Mutko is stepping down as the Russian sports minister

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Vitaly Mutko

Vitaly Mutko

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MOSCOW, October 19. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree On the Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, according to which Vitaly Mutko was appointed Deputy Prime Minister, the Kremlin press service reported on Wednesday.

Mutko is stepping down as Sports Minister. In his new position he will oversee sports, tourism and youth policy. Putin has signed a decree, increasing the number of deputy prime ministers from eight to nine.

"I establish that the prime minister of the Russian Federation has nine deputies, including a first deputy prime minister of the Russian Federation and a deputy prime minister of the Russian Federation - chief of staff of the government of the Russian Federation," says the decree.

Putin has also signed a decree on the appointment of Deputy Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov Russia’s Sports Minister.

"In accordance with paragraph D of Article 83 of the Constitution of the Russian Federation to appoint Pavel Kolobkov Minister of Sports of the Russian Federation," reads the document made public by the Kremlin press service.

Nikita Simonyan, the Russian Football Union's vice president, told TASS on Wednesday that Mutko is capable of combining work in the Cabinet and at the helm of the union.

"He (Mutko) has enough of working capacity and knowledge to cope with everything," Simonyan said in an interview with TASS. "This is why it is impossible for him to leave the RFU now, particularly in the wake of the (2018 FIFA) World Cup. It is clear to him and the authorities of the country."

Simonyan also said that the talks on reelections for the post of the RFU president were not on the agenda.

Mutko was reelected the RFU president at the Congress of the Russian governing body of football in Moscow last month.

He has been at the helm of the Russian football body since he was unanimously elected to the RFU presidency at the organization’s extraordinary session on September 2, 2015.

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