Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Russian Medvedev Wants To Stay On As Russian President Against Putin

Posted by Info on 01/05/2011

President Dmitry Medvedev is pushing to extend his tenure in the Kremlin against the wishes of Russia’s powerful prime minister, Vladimir Putin, a senior politician from the country’s ruling party has told the Guardian.

Konstantin Zatulin, a prominent MP with United Russia, which dominates parliament and is headed by Putin, said Medvedev’s allies were waging a campaign to undermine the prime minister behind a public facade of unity between the two men.

Putin has emphasised his credentials as a conservative statist who rejects “liberal experiments”. Medvedev, by contrast, has pushed his image as a tech-savvy moderniser and anti-corruption crusader.
He recently removed top members of government from the boards of state companies such as oil giant Rosneft in favour of independent directors, a move seen as a blow to Putin’s “Kremlin Inc” view of the economy.

The split extends to foreign policy, where Medvedev promotes the “resetting” of relations with Washington, while Putin has nurtured his image as a hawk who rejects US unilateralism.
When Putin likened western military intervention in Libya to “medieval calls for crusades” last month, the president condemned the phrase a few hours later as “unacceptable”.


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