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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Kozak Has Followed Putin's Path

APDmitry Kozak, photographed in 2000, is the new first deputy chief of Kremlin staff.
Dmitry Kozak, who turns 45 on Friday, has worked in the presidential administration since June 2000.

Like Dmitry Medvedev, his new boss, he graduated from the law faculty of St. Petersburg State University and worked with Vladimir Putin in the St. Petersburg administration.

From 1991 to 1993, he headed the legal department in the Leningrad council of people's deputies, and from 1994 to 1999 the legal committee of the St. Petersburg administration. From 1998 to 1999 he was the city's vice governor.

In May 1999, Kozak was brought to Moscow to work in the Kremlin as deputy head of the administration for legal issues.

In August of that year, when Putin was appointed prime minister, he was put in charge of the government apparatus. In June of 2000, after Putin's election as president, Kozak was made deputy head of the presidential administration.

After graduating from the law faculty of St. Petersburg State University in 1985, he had worked in the Leningrad prosecutor's office until 1989.

Putin was reported to have put Kozak forward as his candidate for prosecutor general in 2000, but at the last minute changed his mind in favor of Vladimir Ustinov.

In the presidential administration, Kozak was responsible for judicial reforms that limited prosecutors' powers. He also oversaw the process of bringing regional legislation into line with federal law.