In Russia’s Putin-Medvedev shuffle, Putin is the lead dancer

Although Vladimir Putin has left the presidency and become prime minister, there’s no longer any question that he’s more powerful than his handpicked successor, Dmitry Medvedev.
By Megan K. Stack
The Los Angeles Times
November 14, 2008
Reporting from Moscow — The question has all but disappeared from Russian discourse after months of feverish debate: Who is in charge, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin or President Dmitry Medvedev?

It’s been nearly a year since Putin, faced with the end of his presidency, endorsed his long-loyal underling to succeed him in the Kremlin. The speculation that once rattled around the capital after Putin restyled himself as prime minister — whether the two men would clash, whether Medvedev would try to eclipse his onetime mentor — has fallen away.

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Above: Vladimir Putin speaks with his presidential successor, Dmitry Medvedev, in parliament May 8, 2008.  Sergei Chirikov AFP/Getty Images

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