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Medvedev, Putin's puppet or a reformer?

beng100
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2/16/2016 6:36:53 PM
Posted: 9 months ago
Dimitri Medvedev former president of Russia and now prime minister of Russia was considered a mere pupit of Putin when elected president. As president Medvedev spoke of reform and tried to engage in better relations with the west. He even suggested at one stage he was considering standing against Putin In the 2012 presidential election. When it came to it though he stood down, endorsed Putin publicly and accepted the job of prime minister.

There has been much speculation about the relationship between the two men, with Russian state controlled/ censored media keen to portray them as good freinds with a father/ son style relationship. However speculation about Putin being unhappy with Medvedev taking a more open and less confrontational stance towards the west and making reforms to liberalize elements of the Russian state (subsequently changed back by putin) and actually only keeping Medvedev as prime minister to maintain his approval ratings as Medvedev is also popular and a fall out Putin fears may hinder his own popularity in Russia. There has been much speculation Medvedev is about to be sacked but it is yet to happen.

So is Medvedev Putin's puppet and protege sharing in the vast corruption of the Russian government or is he a reformer doing his best to modernize Russia behind the scenes while standing up to Putin?
Bennett91
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2/16/2016 10:08:54 PM
Posted: 9 months ago
At 2/16/2016 6:36:53 PM, beng100 wrote:
Dimitri Medvedev former president of Russia and now prime minister of Russia was considered a mere pupit of Putin when elected president. As president Medvedev spoke of reform and tried to engage in better relations with the west. He even suggested at one stage he was considering standing against Putin In the 2012 presidential election. When it came to it though he stood down, endorsed Putin publicly and accepted the job of prime minister.

It's the same situation in 2008, but the article doesn't go into how Medvedev is his ownman, and kinder to the West. [ http://www.npr.org...] But as of today Putin is the President, the highest office in Russian Goverment. Putin seems firm in control, Medvedev may have influence but Putin is the top dog.

But Medvedev even talks like Putin now: [http://www.cnbc.com...]

So is Medvedev Putin's puppet and protege sharing in the vast corruption of the Russian government or is he a reformer doing his best to modernize Russia behind the scenes while standing up to Putin?

He can easily be both. Medvedev is a loyal man, that means a lot in Putin's Russia. He represents a saner side of Russia, still strict and borish by our standards but 'liberal' to a degree - one that Putin needs for his own people and the world. But the military is paramount in "protecting" that softer Russian stance - that's where Putin excels and maintains his power - the f*cker took parts of Georgia (2008) and Ukraine (2014) w/o a sweat.

But I think this article directly answers your question, and it's 2016: [http://www.washdiplomat.com...]