Medvedev Filling Kremlin With Putin's Former Aides

President Dmitry Medvedev is filling the Kremlin with advisers and aides who held similar positions in Vladimir Putin's administration.

Medvedev on Wednesday appointed Mikhail Lesin, Putin's adviser on media issues and press minister until 2004, as his media adviser.

Medvedev also named Vladimir Shevchenko, who headed the Kremlin's protocol department under President Boris Yeltsin and served as Putin's adviser since 2000, as an adviser.

He reappointed Putin's representatives in the State Duma, Alexander Kosopkin; the Federation Council, Alexander Kotenkov; and the Constitutional Court, Mikhail Krotov.

On Tuesday, Medvedev presented a lineup of senior aides that included a former classmate from his college days, Konstantin Chuichenko, who most recently headed Gazprom's legal department and will oversee the Kremlin's audit department.

Named as presidential advisers were Mikhail Trinoga, Medvedev's chief of staff during his government tenure, former IT and Communications Minister Leonid Reiman and former Health and Social Development Minister Mikhail Zurabov.

Natalya Timakova was promoted to the post of presidential press secretary from the head of the Kremlin's press service and information department.

The rest of the team consists of former Putin aides who kept their posts: foreign policy adviser Sergei Prikhodko, economic adviser Arkady Dvorkovich, regional policy adviser Alexander Abramov, cultural issues adviser Yury Laptev, legal adviser Veniamin Yakovlev, and speechwriter Dzhakhan Pollyeva, who also served under Yeltsin.

Marina Yentaltseva, a Putin aide since his time in St. Petersburg's City Hall in the early 1990s, kept her post as head of the Kremlin's protocol department, while Larisa Brycheva stayed on as head of the legal department.

Earlier this week, Putin's former press secretary, Alexei Gromov, was appointed deputy head of the presidential administration, as was Alexander Beglov, a former head of the Kremlin's control directorate that checks how presidential orders are executed.

Vladislav Surkov, former deputy head of the presidential administration and Putin's chief domestic policy strategist, was promoted to the post of first deputy head of the administration.

Medvedev has named former Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Naryshkin as the head of the presidential administration.