Friday, May 9, 2008

Musical chairs

This week Dmitry Medvedev was sworn in as President of Russia, replacing Vladimir Putin. As expected his first action was to nominate Putin as prime minister, which was then immediately approved by the Duma. Medeved also pledged to carry on Putin’s work… With Putin as prime minister and as head of the largest party in the Russian parliament, the conventional wisdom is that Medvedev is a figurehead and Putin is the ‘power behind the throne.’

Regardless of how comfortably he is ensconced right now, Putin shouldn’t feel too safe. It may not be problematic for quite some time but he is now engaged on a slippery slope. It’s not steep at all right now but is sure to get steeper. Eventually Mevedev will tire of being second banana, and then it will get interesting!

Putin ever present as Medvedev becomes president
Putin Changes Jobs – And Russia
Medvedev signals he will continue Putin's tough stance on West

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