Rift grows between Putin and Medvedev

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Series Details 11.8.12
Publication Date 11/08/2012
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Article reported that cracks were growing between President Vladimir Putin and his protégé Dmitry Medvedev in the summer of 2012 after the former contradicted his prime minister and took credit for Russia’s victorious war against Georgia four years ago.

The rift first emerged when Mr Putin announced he would run for the presidency in September 2011, switching places with Mr Medvedev, who became prime minister. The switch stymied hopes among more liberal officials and Russian tycoons that Mr Medvedev could remain in the presidency and pursue a more liberal course to reduce the state’s role in the economy and increase political competition.

Suspicion was now deepening among Putin loyalists that Mr Medvedev’s supporters – and the former president himself – may have supported the anti-Putin protests that broke out in the winter of 2011-12 following allegations of widespread ballot fraud in the December 2011 parliamentary elections.

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ESO: Background information: Georgia moves ahead, but consequences of war remain to be dealt with http://www.europeansources.info/record/georgia-moves-ahead-but-consequences-of-war-remain-to-be-dealt-with/
ESO: Background information: Rivals vie for position in new Russia http://www.europeansources.info/record/rivals-vie-for-position-in-new-russia/
ESO: Background information: Medvedev rejects Putin view on protests http://www.europeansources.info/record/medvedev-rejects-putin-view-on-protests/
BBC News, 10.8.12: Russian film on Georgia war fuels talk of Kremlin rift http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-19213891

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