Yeltsin's son-in-law quits as Putin's adviser

The Kremlin on Thursday confirmed a Reuters report that Valentin Yumashev, son-in-law of former Russian leader Boris Yeltsin, had resigned as an unpaid adviser to President Vladimir Putin.

"I can confirm that a month ago he voluntarily stopped his role as adviser," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

Yumashev did not play a major role in decision-making as an adviser to Putin, but he represented one of the few links still remaining between the Putin administration and Yeltsin's rule, which was a period of liberal reforms and opening to the West.

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