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Vladimir Putin provokes split in Kremlin

Having dismissed 52-year-old Sergei Dubik, a close team-mate of Dmitry Medvedev, Russian President Vladimir Putin began fighting with more liberal members of the Kremlin.

"Russian President Vladimir Putin has officially dismissed one of his ten advisors, 52-year-old Sergei Dubik, according to a statement posted on the Kremlin's official website today," writes Damien Sharkov in an article for Newsweek.

The author notes that Dubik was a close ally of Prime Minister of Russia Dmitry Medvedev during his presidency in 2008- 2012. In 2009 Dubik was appointed as Chief of the Presidential Administration of the Russian Federation for Civil Service, and in 2010 – the head of the anti-corruption committee of Medvedev.

According to the Russian newspaper "Vedomosti", "Oleg Plohoi is slated to take on Dubik's anti-corruption duties, while Russia's state owned agency Itar-Tass  reported that Putin has no immediate replacement for Dubik in his position as advisor. Instead the Russian president will simply operate with nine advisors as opposed to ten, "says Sharko.

"According to Newsweek Europe's Russia Correspondent Anna Nemtsova, Dubik's sacking is part of a larger rift between Putin"s conservative backers such as Igor Sechin known as "the siloviki" due to their prior service in military or federal intelligence in the USSR and his more liberal allies such as Medvedev," the author writes.

The so called "siloviki" wing of the Kremlin don't like Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and do everything to push his friends out of the administration," Nemtsova says. "Dubik's career developed parallel to Dmitry Medvedev's."

"He has been losing his posts and positions several times recently. It is very likely that Oleg Plohoi will be responsible for fighting corruption in the Kremlin. Some Kremlinologists also predict that Putin's old friend Victor Ivanov, current head of Russia's Federal Drug Control Service will replace Dubik in the administration," the article says.

"Ivanov is also close with Rosneft boss Igor Sechin – if he comes to work in the Kremlin, Sechin's positions will become even more powerful," the author states.

Earlier, the experts noted that President Vladimir Putin was afraid of successful countries emerging by its borders, consequently showing aggression towards some neighboring countries.