Ministers were called into surprise meeting where they were told they would all be resigning from their jobs

Vladimir Putin’s plans to remake Russia’s government remained a secret kept by him and his inner circle until the very last moment, when ministers were called into a surprise meeting to be told they were all about to resign from their jobs.

“It was total shock in the government,” said Konstantin Gaaze, a Moscow-based political analyst. “They didn’t know what was being prepared for them even as they were called for the meeting with the president and prime minister.”

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