James Forsyth

Putin will still be calling the shots in Russia

Putin will still be calling the shots in Russia
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Dmitri Medvedev, who Vladimir Putin anointed as his successor yesterday, today pledged to make Putin Prime Minister of Russia when he takes office. Medvedev even admitted that Putin would be more powerful than him:

“In order to stay on this path, it is not enough to elect a new president who shares this ideology,” Mr. Medvedev said. “It is not less important to maintain the efficiency of the team formed by the incumbent president. That is why I find it extremely important for our country to keep Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin at the most important position in the executive power, at the post of the chairman of the government.”

So while the letter of the Russian constitution is being observed with Putin stepping down, the spirit of it is being trampled on. Any hope that Medvedev would adopt a more conciliatory approach to the West has also been dashed.

Written byJames Forsyth

James Forsyth is Political Editor of the Spectator. He is also a columnist in The Sun.

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