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A second Gorbachev?

By Tom Nuttall  

When Dmitri Medvedev was elected Russia’s new president on Sunday, the west issued a huge collective shrug. His victory was a foregone conclusion, given the endorsement of outgoing president (and incoming prime minister) Vladimir Putin, and most analysts assume that the new president will continue to take orders from his predecessor—that power will merely shift from the Kremlin to the White House (the Russian seat of government). Certainly, Medvedev’s victory speech, in which he vowed to continue Putin’s work, did nothing to dispel that view.

Yet there is an alternative, more optimistic take. In a new web exclusive for Prospect,…

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