President Vladimir Putin is asking lawmakers to give investigators the power to open tax cases without involving the tax service, undoing a measure his predecessor put in place to improve the business climate.
An adviser to Dmitry Medvedev said the outgoing Russian president should abandon plans to become premier and make way for the man he fired last year as finance minister, Alexei Kudrin, who would do a better job.
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin should let President Dmitry Medvedev , his protégé, seek re-election in 2012 rather than return to the Kremlin and risk unrest like that in Tunisia this month, a Medvedev adviser said.
Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev is clinging to his job as President Vladimir Putin grows increasingly frustrated with his protege’s inability to boost growth, three current and former Kremlin advisers said.
Russian stock futures fell after an adviser to President Dmitry Medvedev said he should abandon plans to become premier after leaving his current role, casting doubt on the outlook for the country’s political landscape.
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and President Dmitry Medvedev will probably wait until December to reveal which of them will run for president in 2012, according to two people familiar with the matter.
Russia’s failure to stop corruption and diversify the economy means it needs $200 a barrel oil to match the economic growth of China and India, said Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the former billionaire jailed since 2003.
President Dmitry Medvedev may back Vladimir Putin’s United Russia party this weekend to bolster its flagging support before a parliamentary vote as speculation mounts about which of them will run for the Kremlin next year.