Apr 15, 2009


In his ground-breaking first ever interview with Novaya Gazeta, President Medvedev did reveal several things about himself. First, his political savvy in terms of his ability to avoid giving a straight answer is excellently attuned. And secondly, the man has a sense of humor.

When asked to "speculate" on the outcome of the ongoing Khodorkovsky trial, Medvedev replied that officials should not comment on the outcome of trials because of the independence of the judicial branch. "Perhaps, someone can predict the outcome of a case," Medvedev said (no doubt with an impish and innocent smile). Oh Mr. President, you're such a kidder.

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