Friday, March 31, 2017

Russian Prime Minister Dimitri Medvedev Is Now The Most Hated Man In Russia

August 30, 2015. Vladimir Putin (R) and Dmitry Medvedev during a workout at the Bocharov Ruchei residence in Sochi. © Ekaterina Shtukina / RIA Novosti

The Guardian: Dmitry Medvedev: the whipping boy for Russia's discontented

The corruption allegations that led to street protests add to the air of disappointment surrounding the country’s prime minister.

The street protests that swept Russian cities over the weekend were remarkable not just for their unusually large size, but also for their main target: Dmitry Medvedev.

After an investigation by the anti-corruption campaigner and opposition politician Alexei Navalny alleged a network of palaces and vineyards linked to Medvedev, the prime minister has become the focal point of the protests. Angry Russians carried rubber ducks, a mocking reference to a shelter for ducks found on one of his alleged properties.

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WNU Editor: First things first .... I first met Dmitry Medvedev when he was the Kremlin Chief of Staff around 2004 .... and I supported him in his 2008 Presidential bid. His appeal to me was that he was a reformer who wanted to impose a just and proper legal system in Russia .... and at the beginning he started to do just that. But after one year in office he changed .... and all the reforms that he had promised were then ignored. We now know today that he has accumulated billions in wealth through shell companies and loyal friends .... and yes .... he has become the poster child on what is wrong with Russia today. Will Russian President Putin still keep him as his Prime Minister .... for the moment yes. But if the anti-corruption movement builds up steam in the coming year .... Putin will cut him loose.


Ron said...

How much do you think this "change" was really the carrot and stick system that Putin has put in place?

Reform lightly and you'll be ok if you take care of our friends.

Reform aggressively and you will end up like Khodorkovsky

War News Updates Editor said...

Ron .... I think he got greedy with all the wealth that others within Putin's inner circle were accumulating .... and he wanted a part of it. But unlike the rest of Putin's inner circle .... it looks like he really went overboard and has been caught for all to see on YouTube and elsewhere.

Unknown said...

Why blame Medvedev?

I think 90% of people would do exactly what he has done.

I think he came to reform. I think Ron is correct in his analysis.

In the U.S. we were hopeful with Yeltsin and Medvedev.

Medvedev has gone overboard and Putin has not?

Is it because he got caught and Putin did not?

Does not Putin have property in Italy and a mistress with a daughter to boot there?

Are you caught only when the press organs say you have been caught?

We have press organs in the U.S. BTW. Tom Brokaw proved it once again when he did he 1 minute blurb on March 30th on the East African drought. He either proved he was incredibly dumb, senile or an MSM hack (the MSM is an arm of the Democrat party).

I would have voted for Medvedev too if I had been Russian and living in Russia in 2004. It is very disappointing.

I find it very hard to believe that Medvedev would have more money than Putin. It may be.

That would be like a Capo Crimine having more money or influence than Capo di tuttu capi. That does not end well for one or the other.

D.Plowman said...

Medvedev is certainly a nice scapegoat should things get rough. But he's so closely tied to Putin that Putin surely knows any bad press on him is going to reflect on Putin, no doubt about it.

A 'forced' resignation could be in cards should this heat up.

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