Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) has picked former tax chief Mikhail Mishustin (right), who has almost no political profile, as his new prime minister [File: Sputnik/Alexey Nikolskiy/Kremlin via Reuters]

Russia‘s President Vladimir Putin approved a new government on Tuesday that he described as a break with the past, bringing in some fresh faces but retaining many senior ministers.

The new government included a new economy minister and a new first deputy prime minister, but the finance, foreign, defence, energy and agriculture ministers all kept their jobs.

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The new team was formed less than a week after Putin unveiled a sweeping shake-up of the political system, which led to the resignation of his ally Dmitry Medvedev as prime minister along with the entire

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