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What does Russia think?

Yeltsin's Russia adopted mainly western ideas; the Russia of Putin-Medvedev is trying to come up with a model of its own. But can the two leaders agree on what the model is?

By Mark Leonard   November 2010

From his garret office in a smart block on the banks of the river Moskva, Gleb Pavlovsky has a bird’s-eye view of Russian politics. Literally: a telescope in the corner of the room looks right into the Kremlin. With a moon-shaped face and round body, Pavlovsky looks like a teddy bear, but he is not so cuddly. The architect of Vladimir Putin’s 2000 and 2004 presidential victories, Pavlovsky is co-founder and president of the Foundation for Effective Politics, a consulting organisation which is a trailblazer of post-Soviet politics. During the many election campaigns it has helped run, the foundation has…

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