Thursday’s elevation of Mikhail Mishustin, a man with almost no political profile, is part of a sweeping shake-up of the political system announced by Mr. Putin the day before. The president’s declaration had led to the resignation of Dmitry Medvedev as prime minister along with his government.
Russia’s ruling party has unanimously backed President Vladimir Putin’s unexpected pick for prime minister.
The changes are widely seen as giving sixty-seven-year-old Mr. Putin scope to extend his grip on power once his current term ends in 2024.
The former KGB operative has dominated Russian politics, as president or as PM, since his former boss, Boris Yeltsin, suddenly resigned and left the Kremlin in December, 1999.