This is breaking news so there's no Eng-lang. article yet. Here's a brief timeline of the brewing scandal that at least on the surface was related to his departure: Surkov gave a lecture at the LSE, which was in fact a Q&A session. During one question about corruption at Skolkovo, he criticized the Investigative Committee for excessive zeal. Vladimir Markin, a spokesman for the IC - the same one who said that Navalny's political activities brought the IC's interest onto him especially quickly - penned a very direct and scathing indictment of Surkov's comments. He said that Surkov has no right to be dictating to the IC what cases it should and should not investigate, least of all from a foreign country. Surkov airily dismissed the article, saying he doesn't "comment on graphomania." And now we learn he is leaving his post as Deputy Prime Minister, ostensibly "on his own initiative." Surkov is something of a legend. He has a reputation as the "gray cardinal" of the Kremlin, a bit like Suslov during the Soviet period. The inventor of "sovereign democracy." Although his real level of political influence is subject to debate - the people who study (or speculate about) "Kremlin clans" never put him into the foremost ranks of power brokers. He was also far closer to the Medvedev/Skolkovo people than to Putin's circles (indeed, it's rumored that Putin doesn't much like Surkov period). Discuss his legacy; the real reasons for his departure (own wish? fallout over Skolkovo scandal? high profile victim of a clan war? Putin finally quashing him?); the political ramifications.