Monday, December 15, 2008
MOSCOW, December 15 (RIA Novosti) – A Russian political scientist and Kremlin critic, Lilia Shevtsova, has told a German newspaper that Prime Minister Vladimir Putin could return to the Kremlin by summer.
Shevtsova told Die Welt that 60% of Russians do not trust the government led by Putin, and said that the former president would have to be back in office before the economic crisis hits its peak.
Comparing the choreography between President Dmitry Medvedev and his predecessor with a couple performing a tango, she said Putin is the leader.
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She said, however, that contradictions in the double act are growing as the crisis deepens, adding that high ratings for the partnership prove nothing.
During his November 5 state of the nation address, Medvedev proposed extending the current four-year parliamentary and presidential terms to five and six years, respectively.
This article was posted: Monday, December 15, 2008 at 10:33 am