Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Medvedev has the diagnosis but not the cure

'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.

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