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Medvedev and Independence

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How independent is Dmitry Medvedev, the Prime Minister of Russia? Use examples from his political initiatives and from those of Vladimir Putin.

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This answer explores the independence of Russia's current Prime Minister and former President Dmitry Medvedev vis-a-vis the current President Vladimir Putin, with a look at some of his signature initiatives and the influence of Putin. Read now, as Medvedev is becoming more marginalized by the day.

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A prime example of this involves the changes that have occurred in Russia since Putin re-ascended to power. It appears that Medvedev was of a more liberal bent than Putin in a few areas:

- Medvedev was in favor of Obama's "re-set" policy with Russia, which, while incredibly debatable on its merits, Putin has willfully ignored - see the Russian support for Syria and Assad, the movement closer to China, and, most recently, the closing of USAID and introduction of new "treason" laws that focus on all democracy and governance NGOs. These new laws force anyone receiving foreign ...

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