Jan 12, 2009

Medvedev Grows a Pair?

The Financial Times reports, yesterday, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev took another apparent swipe at predecessor and future supreme leader Vladimir Putin, rebuking his government for moving too slowly to alleviate the country's economic crisis. Medvedev said only 30% of the government's anti-crisis program, which was drafted last October, had been fulfilled. Medvedev also used yesterday's meeting to cite a series of dismal economic indicators, including a 6% drop in Russian industrial output in the final quarter of last year and a sharp drop in global commodities prices that has hit the resource-based economy hard.

Although several attempts by Medvedev to pursue independent policies have been thwarted, Kremlin watchers have noted a new assertiveness in the president of late. Last month, the president declared that he had "final responsibility for what happens in the country" and that "I would not be able to share this responsibility with anyone".

Half of me thinks this is all a set up. The other half hopes Medvedev read too many items questioning his role. :)


BabaYaga said...

Although taken individually these comments may seem benign, their recurrence in Medvedev's public statements is noteworthy. Moreover, in another interview he criticized the "government" for not implementing stimulus reforms and anti-corruption legislation as quickly as was necessary. I read "government" as Putin, an interesting catch!

Pirates(and)Diplomats said...

You know, we could have dueling scape goats here. Medvedev might be trying to respond.

"Not me, but you are to blame."

BabaYaga said...

More of a cat fight than a goat fight really...do goats fight?

Ern said...

Oh, goats fight! What do you think they have those horns for?

Also, I think Dmitri should release the bear within. Just for entertainment purposes

Pirates(and)Diplomats said...

Hehe, goat fights.