'More than a year after being plucked from relative obscurity to succeed Mr. Putin, the 43-year-old Mr. Medvedev has remained in the shadow of his 56-year-old mentor. He has tantalized Russia's beleaguered liberals with rhetoric about freedom, rooting out corruption and modernizing the economy. Few of his initiatives have been implemented.'
First and only question: how are you going to get from 'Russia's "primitive" resource-based economy, systemic corruption and lack of pluralistic democracy' to any other state?
Everything else is just blather.