It sounds as if Dmitry Medvedev, who is the only elected president of Russia, is telling Prime Minister Vladimir Putin to lay off presidential powers.
“The final responsibility for what happens in the country and for the important decisions taken would rest on my shoulders alone and I would not be able to share this responsibility with anyone,” Medvedev told an interviewer on Dec. 24.
But Putin controls Russia’s oil and gas money, and more importantly, the oil and gas bureaucracy. The question is, how closely tied is that bureaucracy with the army? Is the army so dependent on Putin for its income that it will crush Medvedev to save Putin?
And does Medvedev, whose election this year was arranged by Putin, know where all the polonium-210 is?