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Russia’s Presidential Election: A Smooth Transfer of Power, or the Calm before the Storm?

Although Dimitry Medvedev's victory was assured, it is as yet unclear how power will be managed between him and Vladimir Putin.

There was little doubt that the Russian political leadership was intent on staying in power by controlling the outcome of the 2 March presidential election. When Dmitri Medvedev was nominated in December 2007 to become the presidential candidate by the party closest to the Kremlin – United Russia – it was equally clear that incumbent Vladimir Putin had anointed him as the formal heir to the Russian throne. As a result, speculation ceased as to who would become the next

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