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Putin removes Mutko as sports minister, makes him deputy prime minister

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Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko delivers a speech during the Russian Soccer Union presidential vote at its conference in Moscow, Russia, September 24, 2016. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin/files
Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko delivers a speech during the Russian Soccer Union presidential vote at its conference in Moscow, Russia, September 24, 2016. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin/files

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed to remove Vitaly Mutko as minister of sport, appointing him a deputy prime minister overseeing sports, tourism and youth policy instead, Russian news agencies reported on Wednesday.

Putin said Pavel Kolobkov, Mutko's deputy, would become the new sports minister.

(Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin; Writing by Maria Tsvetkova; Editing by Andrew Osborn)


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