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    MOSCOW, February 24, 2004 (RIA Novosti) - Russian President Vladimir Putin has dismissed the Cabinet, the Kremlin press office told RIA Novosti.

    The president signed a Decree On the Cabinet of the Russian Federation.

    He appointed Vice-Premier Viktor Khristenko acting Prime Minister.

    According to item C of article 183 and part 2 of article 117 of the Russian Constitution, I decree as follows:

    1. To announce the dismissal of the Cabinet of the Russian Federation.

    2. To appoint Vice-Premier Viktor Khristenko acting Prime Minister.

    3. To order the Cabinet to perform its duties until a new Cabinet is formed.

    4. The Decree shall come into force after signing.

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