Photo Gallery: Medvedev's Political Suicide
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Photo Gallery: Medvedev's Political Suicide

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The Puppet President Medvedev's Betrayal of Russian Democracy

Dmitry Medvedev shocked Russians with his announcement that he was ceding the presidency back to Vladimir Putin. It is now clear that Medvedev was never more than a placeholder for his mentor, and his supposed plans to modernize Russia were little more than empty soundbites. Indeed, Medvedev may have damaged the country even more than Putin has.
Translated from the German by Christopher Sultan