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article imageForget Time Magazine, the Putin-Medvedev 'Dream Team' is All the Rage in Russia

By Angelique van Engelen     Dec 19, 2007 in Politics
Time Magazine might have chosen Russia's current president Vladimir Putin as 'Person of the Year' today, but in Russia, the Putin-Medvedev 'Dream Team' is all the rage. The business world is also happy about Russia's prospects under a possible Medvedev -
Dmitry Medvedev who is 42, is virtually assured of winning Russia's next elections. Not only because he's being pushed into the role by Russia's current most powerful man, Putin, but because he's seriously popular.
At the moment, Medvedev is the top dog at Gazprom, Russia's largest energy company, which most Russians see as an icon of care, luxury and welfare.
In a former role, Medvedev used to be Putin's chief of staff before becoming deputy Prime Minister. What people seem to like about him is that he has no official links with Russia's secret service.
His popularity among the ordinary Russians is high also because he used to hold important social responsibilities when he worked for the government. He was in charge of the portfolio housing, education and health, which is dubbed the a National Priority Project in Russia.
The Russians all seem to be quite celebratory of the prospect that after Putin's term expires he will move to the White House (the seat of the Prime Minister), from where he will share the power with the new President, who's sitting in the Kremlin.
Victor Vesselberg, the chairman of supervision at CTTE said "I think that Medvedev is one of the best candidates for the post, his democratic views on economic developments are widely known, his work experience inspires confidence that should he become president, he will have more opportunity to fulfill that. I think that the power deal of Medvedev and Putin, if it happens, will be the most effective, if not the best one."
However, the elections have yet to take place and it is also not completely sure that Putin will really instate himself as Prime Minister.
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