By J. L. Black

The time period "tandem" used to be used to explain the Putin-Medvedev mixture which governed Russia from 2008 to 2012, whilst Medvedev used to be president and Putin best minister. many of us observed Putin because the actual wielder of strength, with Medvedev as his puppet. Others, in spite of the fact that, observed Medvedev as a visionary, an individual who expected huge scale schemes - even if those schemes haven't but come to fruition. while, many within the West seemed Medvedev favourably, and gave him credits for elevating expectancies between either the elite and the center sessions in Russia in one of these approach as to make it tough for the Russian country to come back to its outdated methods. This booklet offers a accomplished survey of the Medvedev presidency, overlaying all components together with politics, the economic climate, diplomacy and social advancements. the writer concludes that it truly is nonetheless too early to evaluate Medvedev's achievements definitively.

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In terms of experience outside the backrooms of political infighting, the most important of Medvedev’s chores came during Putin’s second term. He was put in charge of the so-called National Priority Projects, that is, largescale, long-term priorities for the transition of Russia from the repressive Soviet era and leaderless Yeltsin years to a developed, modern country capable of functioning as an equal among the major states of the world. To this end, Medvedev chaired a Council for the Implementation of the National Projects that met first on 29 November 2005.

310–14. 17 Summary of Fond ‘Obshchestvennoe mnenie’ (Hereafter – FOM) poll, ITARTASS, 8 June 2006. 18 Primakov, ‘Nam nuzhny stabil’nosti i bezopasnosti’. Voidet li v istorii 2005 god kak perelomnyi’, Rossiiskaia gazeta, 19 January 2006. The reference to oligarchs paying for anti-Putin propaganda from abroad was to Boris Berezovsky, then living in luxurious political asylum in Britain. g. org), 4 March 2008. 20 Boris Kagarlitsky, ‘Medvedev Taking Russia Down a Road to Hell’, The Moscow Times, 27 February 2013.

18 Among other returns derived from this arrangement was that Putin, whose popularity and influential contacts far outweighed Medvedev’s, could retain authority without having to amend the Constitution to allow him to run for a third consecutive term. The stability craved by almost everyone in Russia in 2008 was guaranteed, or so it seemed at the time. Unsung links in the Tandem were the post of Presidential Press Attaché and the Presidential Press and Information Office. In May 2008, Medvedev appointed Natalia Timakova his Press Attaché.

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