President Vladimir Putin named Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov as deputy prime minister on Monday and allowed him to retain his defense post, saying the move was aimed at bolstering efforts to improve Russia's armed forces. Putin also named his chief of staff, Dmitry Medvedev, to become first deputy prime minister. Both Medvedev and Ivanov have been seen as potential candidates to run for president in 2008, when Putin is constitutionally prevented from seeking a third term, and speculation had been high that he would try to increase both men's visibility
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