Photo Gallery: The 'Putvedev' Era Begins 05/06/2008
 Russian President Vladimir Putin (left), annointed his first deputy prime...
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Russian President Vladimir Putin (left), annointed his first deputy prime minister, Dmitry Medvedev (right), as his chosen successor last December. Medvedev will be sworn in as Russia's new president on Wednesday, but it remains to be seen just how much power he will wield.