The Russian power minister has appointed the deputy prime minister to reshuffle the cupboard

© Reuters. The Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak takes part in the International Energy Week Forum in Moscow

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin on Monday recommended the promotion of Energy Minister Alexander Novak to Deputy Prime Minister as part of a major cabinet change.

In a shock first reported by the media to Kommersant and RBC, President Vladimir Putin dismissed Transport Minister Yevgeny Dietrich, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Dmitri Kobylkin and Minister of Construction Vladimir Yakushev.

At a government meeting with Russian deputy prime ministers, Mishustin said he would recommend Nikolai Shulginov, CEO of RusHydro, a hydropower company, to replace Novak as energy minister.

Mishustin recommended Vitaly Saveliev, CEO of the Russian flagship airline Aeroflot, as Minister of Transport.

He also recommended Alexander Kozlov, Minister for Development of Russia's Far East and Arctic, as Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, and proposed Irek Fayzullin, Deputy Minister of Construction, to be the head of the Ministry of Construction.

The State Duma, the lower house of parliament, has yet to approve the appointments. This is expected to happen.

The 49-year-old Novak has been energy minister since 2012. He led Russia's negotiations with the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and played an important role in reaching a 2016 deal to reduce global oil production.

Yakushev, the former minister of construction, has been appointed the President's plenipotentiary in the Urals, the Kremlin said in a statement.

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