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Architect of Putin's political system quits

Vladimir Putin (right), then Russia's prime minister, talks with his deputy Vladislav Surkov during a meeting in the Urals city of Kurgan on February 13, 2012.Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday dismissed his influential deputy prime minister Vladislav Surkov credited with designing the country's notorious political system. The Kremlin said in a statement that Surkov had left his post voluntarily, but analysts and observers said the former Kremlin grey cardinal had been forced out amid a growing rift between Putin's Kremlin and the government.