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Power’s world: in conversation with President Medvedev’s closest advisor

By Jonathan Power  

Igor Yurgens: a man with Medvedev's ear

As Dmitri Medvedev’s economic advisor, Igor Yurgens is probably one of the most influential men in the Kremlin.

A liberal by disposition, he runs his own think tank giving him the intellectual firepower to influence the president. Yurgens was involved with clearing the path for Medvedev to be interviewed by  Novaya Gazeta, the remarkably brave newspaper which used to employ Anna Politkovskaya.

In my conversation with Yurgens, we talked about…

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