Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Politics or economics or both?

BBC reporter Steve Rosenberg's thesis is that this is part of a growing rift between Medvedev and Putin leading up to next year's presidential election. It could be other things like real reform or the "demotion" of a rival to both the president and the premier. In the opaque world of Russian politics, we may never know for sure.

Dmitry Medvedev: Russian ministers must quit boardrooms
Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev has announced that by mid-2011 he wants government ministers to give up their seats on boards of directors.

The proposal is being seen as a potential blow to a close ally of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, Igor Sechin.

Mr Sechin is chairman of state oil firm Rosneft and, as deputy prime minister, regulates the gas and oil industries.

The president said he wanted to end "the excessive influence of state companies on the investment climate"...

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