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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Ivanov Quits the Security Council

President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday accepted the resignation of Igor Ivanov as secretary of the Security Council.

Putin appointed Ivanov's little-known deputy, Valentin Sobolev, as acting secretary of the presidential advisory body. Sobolev, 60, is a general in the Federal Security Service.

Ivanov said Wednesday that he planned to work on a new book and teach at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations.

"What I have no plans to do is get involved in politics," he said, Itar-Tass reported.

Alexander Golts, security writer for the online Yezhenedelny Zhurnal, said Ivanov's resignation might indicate the start of a further shuffling of posts. At the same time, Golts said, "the most sensible explanation" for Ivanov's stepping down is that "someone has his eye on his position."