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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Moscow Stunned by New Reshuffle

Moscow's political establishment got a shock Thursday as President Vladimir Putin and newly appointed Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov announced a second round of government reshuffles.

Ivanov named General Gennady Troshev, the North Caucasus commander, as adviser to the Duma committee for women's and children's affairs, while Deputy Chief of Staff Valery Manilov was designated liaison to the Soldiers' Mothers Committee.

Meanwhile, Putin named several women to top security posts.

Retired Intourist guide Vasilisa Voyennaya was named the new deputy head of the FSB, deep-sea diver Maru-sya Morskaya vice admiral of the Northern Fleet and telephone operator Zhan-na Zhuchok second in charge at FAPSI.

"I said March 8 that we need more women in government — and I meant it!" a beaming Putin told reporters.

The new appointees said they would meet regularly to brief each other and exchange back issues of Burda, the popular German knitting magazine. Their first session, despite the holiday, has tentatively been scheduled for April 1.