When Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin met with residents of a burned-out village near Moscow this month, he promised to rebuild their homes before winter. To make sure, he ordered round-the-clock video surveillance on construction sites and put monitors in his home and office.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev defended backing Prime Minister Vladimir Putin last week, likening it to then-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s endorsement of Barack Obama after a 16-month campaign in 2008.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev hardened his stance on military spending, the issue that triggered Alexei Kudrin’s exit as finance minister, as he seeks to bolster his chances of becoming prime minister next year.
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin may be moving to reassert his control over the presidency next year by creating a broad coalition of supporters under his personal leadership as backing for the ruling party wanes.