RUSSIA WANTS TO ERECT A WALL BETWEEN POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC POWER
Just at the time when the Chinese Communist party is working hard to incorporate the new moneied class into the party, Putin's One Russia strives to evict them.
(from Johnson's Russia List #9111) April 5, 2005
PRESIDENTIAL CHIEF MEDVEDEV ADDRESSES THE ELITE
[from RIA Novosti's digest of the Russian press]
Dmitry Medvedev, chief of the presidential staff, granted a large interview
to the magazine Ekspert, in which he spoke about the country's future and
problems facing it. That interview provoked a lively political discussion.
Igor Bunin, director of the Center of Political Technologies said the
interview was a clear-cut address to the elite, because the elite is
Ekspert's targeted audience. After the president announced the end of the
crisis of power provoked by the Yukos saga, the Kremlin is making an
attempt to create a new ideological structure that incorporates two crucial
elements. The first is the unity and continuity of power as the main
conditions of Russia's integrity in the future. And the second is that the
power is the only enlightened European in the state.
Medvedev voiced the idea of creating a modern state with an effective right
of ownership, settled judicial problems, and so on. The only condition for
implementing this project is an enlightened government at the top.
This is why Medvedev's interview has actually invited all concerned elite
groups to support the aspirations of the power. He suggested a simple idea:
We preserve your property, while you do not attack us.
Besides, the presidential chief showed to the potential revolutionaries
that those at the helm of power would not watch idly the attempts to
provoke society and come to power.
Valery Khomyakov, general director of the National Strategy Council,
believes that we are witnessing the beginning of the struggle for 2008
presidential election. But it is not clear whom Medvedev wants to
consolidate because the regional, political and business elite groups have
become wary of the center's activities. It is impossible in principle to
come to an agreement with everyone, and one can win the 2008 race only by
winning the public love for the candidate, or by intimidation. However, I
believe that the threats made public by the chief of the presidential staff
are not realistic, Khomyakov said.
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