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Nick's always reliable for a reality check and bit of pro-Russia feel-good cheerleading.  I generally really appreciate his articles, but I'm still hesitant to believe anyone's psychoanalysis of Medvedev.  And as for this 3rd way (won't be a puppet, won't be at odds with Putin's "plan") arguing that he's just a pragmatist ... this is probably true, but I think one could argue the same about Putin.  Neither of them are ideologues, and that's what the whole West can't get past.  They want to know who is the Democrat and who is the Stalinist, and there is no evidence that either Putin or Medvedev think in those terms.   Probably Petro is right about Medvedev being more "flexible" and economically liberal, based on past performance.   But who knows what he will become once in the highest office?   As you pointed out, Putin did go along with the old guard for a while after becoming President.   But eventually there was a break, it just wasn't in 2000.  The people who have stuck around have been able to do so because of their loyalty to Putin, not to Yeltsin.  Also, the incestuousness and perpetuity of the power elite is quite normal in many countries all over the word - America included.  

Primakov the Strong PM...  Well, he wasn't PM for very long, and when the President is chronically ill (or hungover...) it's hard for anyone not to appear strong in comparison.

It will be interesting to see how long Putin remains PM.  No one has talked about that.  It's been a job with a high turnover rate.

"Pretending that you already know the answer when you don't is not actually very helpful." ~Migeru.

by poemless on Tue Mar 4th, 2008 at 04:55:41 PM EST
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