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Medvedev Wins Russian Election

Headline: Putin's Pick Medvedev Wins in Russia

In an election with hints of close ties with the Kremlin, current Russian President Vladimir Putin's personal pick, Dmitri Medvedev, has won the presidency. Though Medvedev's success was never in doubt, Russia's new president has never held elected office before and was most recently an aide to Mr. Putin.

Putin plans to serve as Medvedev’s prime minister and is indicating that he will broaden the responsibilities of that position. Since the Soviet Union’s fall, the position of prime minister has been mostly administrative.

Medvedev's stance toward the West appears less adversarial than Putin's, and some say his ability to advance this platform upon taking office will be an important indicator of whether Putin is allowing him to be more than a figurehead.


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tatiana21 tatiana21 9 years
Everyone in Russia knew who was going to win five months ago. That doesn't mean they love Putin any less. I posted these a while ago, but these are links one of my profs requires his students to read in his Russian classes
chakra_healer chakra_healer 9 years
Congrats to Medvedev. I'l wait before making any judgements.
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 9 years
Medvede doesn't seem as confrontational as Putin but considering he's a puppet who's strings are and will be pulled by Putin that's not saying much is it?
syako syako 9 years
you know, they had "elections" during the Soviet Union too. Not much has changed in Russia.
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