Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Medvedev Silent About WikiLeaks Label: ‘Robin to Putin’s Batman’

Posted by Info on 01/12/2010

on 30 November Russian President Dmitry Medvedev speaking to a Kremlin audience that included the cream of Russia’s political elite and a poker-faced Mr. Putin, Medvedev steered away from most controversial issues and instead conjured up a wish list of material improvements.

These included better social services, reversing Russia’s demographic slide by improving living conditions for families, making Moscow a world-class financial center

“It certainly sounded to me like an election speech by a presidential candidate,” says Leonid Gozman, co-chair of the small pro-business Right Cause party. However, it was disappointing to see that none of Medvedev’s earlier criticisms of Russia’s top-heavy, corrupt, and authoritarian political system made it into the speech. Last week Medvedev spoke scathingly of the system built by Putin and issued what sounded like a call for political reform last week on his presidential videoblog. </em

Many Russians intently parsed this speech for some dramatic move by Medvedev to distance himself from his more nationalistic and authoritarian predecessor and current rival Putin.


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