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Podcast: The Strange Death Of 'Medvedevism'

Dmitry Medvedev and his iPad
Dmitry Medvedev and his iPad
Remember when iPads were all the rage for Russian officials? Or when the Skolkovo scientific center was going to spearhead innovation that would modernize the economy? How about when freedom was better than nonfreedom?
Russian President Vladimir Putin is clearly determined to eradicate any traces of the weak little mini-thaw that was Dmitry Medvedev's odd interim presidency.
But that clumsy, half-hearted, four-year effort to reform the economy and let some fresh air into the political system unleashed forces in society and within the elite that will be difficult to contain.
Can Putin put the genie back into the bottle? In the latest edition of the Power Vertical podcast, I discuss that very question with co-host and longtime Kremlin-watcher Mark Galeotti, a professor at New York University and author of the blog "In Moscow's Shadows."
Also in the podcast, Mark and I discuss how Putin's efforts to forbid officials from holding foreign assets has become a bonanza for the president's nemesis -- anticorruption blogger and opposition figure Aleksei Navalny.

Power Vertical Podcast: The Strange Death Of 'Medvedevism'
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by: La Russophobe from: USA
February 18, 2013 15:20
In order for something to perish, it must first have lived. Medvedevism never did. It was a Potemkin sham, for suckers to believe in, like the tooth fairy.

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