Can Vladimir Putin keep his election promises?

President again...Vladimir Putin's supporters celebrate (photo: dpa)
President again...Vladimir Putin's supporters celebrate (photo: dpa)

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.

Can Vladimir Putin keep his election promises?

VLADIMIR Putin faces a serious post-election problem.

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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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