President of Russia Vladimir Putin keeps Vladislav Surkov, the adviser and Russia’s Commissioner for Donbas on his post as it is stated in the order of Putin.
“It is ordered to appoint Vladislav Yu. Surkov as the advisor of the President of the Russian Federation,” the message said.
It is noted that the order comes into force since the day it was signed.
Earlier Russian newspaper Kommersant reported that Surkov can leave his post in the near future. Mikhail Babich, the current presidential envoy in Volga federal district, is the most likely candidate to replace Surkov by the end of this week, the interlocutor said.
The source added that since the beginning of the year, Surkov 'ceased to work' in the area of social and economic cooperation with the CIS member states, Abkhazia and South Ossetia. The interlocutor also says that Putin may sign decrees that foresee changes in the line-up.
As is known, Vladislav Surkov is known as the designer of the armed Russian aggression in eastern Ukraine. He has been leading the Russian mercenaries in Donbas ever since the beginning of the armed conflict. He's been banned from entering the United States since March 2014, due to his assumed involvement in Crimea's annexation by Russia in February 2014.