For the first time during his presidency, on 9 November 2020, Vladimir Putin dismissed four members of Mikhail Mishustin’s Cabinet:
- Alexander Novak, Minister of Energy,
- Yevgeny Ditrikh, Minister of Transport,
- Vladimir Yakushev, Minister of Construction, Housing and Utilities, and
- Dmitry Kobylkin, Minister for Natural Resources and the Environment.
Igor Artemiev, who has headed the Federal Antimonopoly Service since 2004, also left office on November 11.
Kesarev provides a brief overview of the reasons for these changes and their impact on the balance of power within the Government and the broader power groups in Russia.