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A second Gorbachev?

Although he owes his advancement to Vladimir Putin, Dmitri Medvedev may prove a surprisingly liberal president of Russia

By Andreas Umland   March 2008

Most Russian and western observers see the man who has just been elected Russia’s new president as at best a relatively liberal figure, if not a faceless opportunist. Some think Dmitri Medvedev will be merely a second Putin, whose election just means more of what we have seen during the last eight years. But Medvedev’s early political biography, as well as more recent statements of his on such issues as multi-party competition, freedom of the press and Russia’s relations to the west, point in a different direction. Should the Russian presidential administration come under the lasting and full control of…

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