Former Russian Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin 'We Have to Take a Chance with More Democracy'

Alexei Kudrin is seen as having good chances to succeed Dmitry Medvedev as Russian prime minister. In a SPIEGEL interview, he speaks about the need for more democracy in his country, President Putin's pragmatism and the dangers still facing the euro zone.
Russian President Vladimir Putin at a Christmas service in Sochi.

Russian President Vladimir Putin at a Christmas service in Sochi.

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Translated from the German by Christopher Sultan