Economics: Modernising Russia

Dimitry Medvedev tries a computer linked to a central database in a police patrol car (photo: dpa)
Dimitry Medvedev tries a computer linked to a central database in a police patrol car (photo: dpa)

Russia needs to ‘modernise’ its attitudes and diversify its economy if it is to enhance its competitiveness in the world, says President Dimitry Medvedev. But Vladimir Putin, a potential contender in the forthcoming presidential elections, is taking a different stance. GIS expert Professor Stefan Hedlund considers what is dividing the two.

WITH Russia’s presidential elections due in March 2012, the question of modernisation has emerged as a major division in Russian politics.

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While President Dmitry Medvedev has cast himself as the first of a new generation of Russian politicians, bent on embracing modern information technologies, f...

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