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Vitaly Mutko promoted to newly created Russian deputy prime minister role

• Scandal-hit figure moved up from sports minister position by Vladimir Putin
• New post gives Mutko responsibility for sport, tourism and youth policy

Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, replaced the nation’s sports minister Vitaly Mutko with his deputy on Wednesday, in a move possibly aimed at getting the controversial minister out of the international limelight prior to the 2018 World Cup.

Related: Russian Olympic Committee chief Alexander Zhukov steps down

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