Has President Medvedev shown his true colours?

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Has President Medvedev shown his true colours?

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Yuri Luzhkov: corrupt, inept and bee-loving, according to Russian media reports

Yuri Luzhkov: corrupt, inept and bee-loving, according to Russian media reports

For many in Russia President Dmitri Medvedev’s dismissal of a powerful political rival simply underlines his firm grip on power. But the unsavoury way Medvedev snuffed out his opponent will alarm those who see Russia’s current president as a liberal counterpoint to Putin.

The dispute between Medvedev and Yuri Luzhkov, Moscow’s mayor for the past 18 years, once considered Russia’s second most powerful politician, was as brief as it was acrimonious. At the beginning of this month the mayor wrote an ill-advised article describing the mood in Russian society as “difficult”. The response from the Kremlin was unequivocal. The warning sign came at a political forum in the city of Yaroslavl later that week, when Medvedev suggested that “officials should either participate in building institutions or join the opposition.”

What followed was a smear campaign that would have made

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  1. September 30, 2010

    peter42y

    I do not know much about russian politics but it does seem to me Putin is the one who runs the show.
    Putin rules.
    Medvedev is the man chosen by Putin to fill the president seat only because Putin could not run a third time.
    During soviet times everyone knew Stalin was the boss .
    In portugal Prime Minister Salazar ruled for 35 years . Presidents did come and go but everyone knew he was the boss.
    Same with Putin.
    President or Prime Minister ..,it does not matter.
    Putin is the strong man.
    The idea Medvedev could chalenge Putin power is ludicrous.

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