Russian President announced today that Sergey Ivanov was appointed a first deputy prime minister and left the post of Russia's minister of defense, which he occupied since 28 March 2001. Ivanov will keep control over defense industry, which he had under supervision as a deputy prime minister - the post that he held since 14 November 2005.

In the Ministry of Defense, Ivanov is succeeded by Anatoly Serdyukov, who was the head of the Federal Tax Service since 2004. Serdyukov is probably the first truly civilian minister of defense in Russia - he graduated from the Leningrad Institute of Soviet Trade in 1984 and before entering the government service in 2000 had worked in a furniture-trading company in St. Petersburg.