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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

President Approves Structure of Council

President Boris Yeltsin has approved the make-up of the Security Council, adding some new portfolios while dropping the heads of both houses of parliament, Interfax reported Thursday.

According to a presidential decree published Wednesday, the president will chair the body, as before, while national security tsar Alexander Lebed, Security Council secretary, will be one of its permanent, or voting, members.

The Security Council's other permanent members are Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin, Federal Security Service Director Nikolai Kovalyov, Foreign Minister Yevgeny Primakov and Defense Minister Igor Rodionov.

In its previous incarnation, the Security Council included the speakers of both houses of the Russian parliament, the State Duma and the Federation Council -- both of whom were permanent members -- and one deputy prime minister. These have been dropped from the new line-up.

The remaining members of the council, who function in a purely advisory capacity without the right to vote, are Justice Minister Valentin Kovalyov, Federal Protection Service chief Yury Krapivin, Interior Minister Anatoly Kulikov, Atomic Energy Minister Viktor Mikhailov, Federal Border Service director Andrei Nikolayev, Minister for Defense Industry Zinovy Pak, Finance Minister Vladimir Panskov, Foreign Intelligence Service chief Vyacheslav Trubnikov and Minister for Emergency Situations Sergei Shoigu.

Of these, the justice minister, the head of the Federal Protection Service (responsible for presidential and Kremlin security), the atomic energy minister and the defense industry minister are new to the line-up, while the defense minister has been elevated to permanent membership.

?Yeltsin appointed Yevgeny Savostyanov, Maxim Boiko and Alexei Kudrin deputy heads of the presidential administration, Interfax reported Thursday. Kudrin also became the head of the Chief Auditing Department and Savostyanov the chief of the personnel department of the administration.

Between September 1991 and December 1994, Savostyanov was deputy director of the Federal Security Service and also the head of the Moscow division of the service. He was dismissed after the clash between service officers and the security of MOST Bank.