Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev have dominated Russian politics over the last decade. Each has served as president and premier. Now Mr Putin is president again, but some analysts believe that he will have to abandon election promises to doctors, teachers and pensioners, and implement serious budget cuts. And that could mean that Mr Medvedev is replaced as premier.

VLADIMIR Putin faces a serious post-election problem.

His landslide victory in Russia’s March 4, 2012, presidential contest was bought at the price of reckless spending promises. Now that the election is over, h...

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Professor Stefan Hedlund
Some analysts even speculate that we may soon see Mr Kudrin, who resigned as finance minister in September 2011 in protest against reckless budget spending, replace Dmitry Medvedev as premier
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