Putin dismisses author of sovereign democracy

Vladislav Surkov, photo newsland.ru

On February 18, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree “On Surkov V. Yu” the Kremlin reports.

“Surkov Vladislav Yurievich is to be released from the post of Assistant to the President of the Russian Federation,” the decree says.

The decree came into force on the day it was signed.

Vladislav Surkov’s resignation from public service was reported by political analyst Alexei Chesnakov in January 2020. According to him, this is due to the change of course in the Ukrainian direction.

However, a spokesman for Russian President Dmitriy Peskov said that Russia’s policy towards Ukraine has not changed and there is no decree on the resignation of Putin’s assistant Vladyslav Surkov.

  • Vladislav Surkov was born in 1964. He is the author of the concept of “sovereign democracy”. He was an aide to the Russian President in 2004-2008 and in 2013-2020. In 2012-2013, he served as Deputy Prime Minister. He has been in charge of CIS, Abkhazia and South Ossetia issues.
  • Ukrainian authorities accused Surkov of organising the shooting of Maidan participants in 2014 and then coordinating the activities of DNR and LNR fighters.

    He is on the sanctions lists of the USA, EU, Ukraine, Australia and Switzerland.