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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Top Aide Denies Demotion

General Dmitry Volkogonov, a presidential adviser on security and defense matters, on Tuesday denied reports distributed by Itar-Tass that he has been stripped of all his positions except his seat in the newly elected State Duma.

"I remain chairman of the presidential commissions on recovering the American POWs in Russia and missing Russian citizens abroad, and of the commission investigating the KGB and Communist Party archives," Volkogonov said Tuesday.

Volkogonov said he had 22,000 foreign citizens, including MIAs, on his list of missing prisoners and vowed to continue the work on the joint U.S.-Russian commission.

The military historian also said that he remains Yeltsin's "unofficial" adviser, and claimed that Yeltsin assured him recently he still needed his input. He was, however, forced to give up his position as an "official" adviser following election to the Duma.