By J. L. Black
The time period "tandem" used to be used to explain the Putin-Medvedev blend which governed Russia from 2008 to 2012, while Medvedev was once president and Putin top minister. many of us observed Putin because the actual wielder of strength, with Medvedev as his puppet. Others, in spite of the fact that, observed Medvedev as a visionary, somebody who anticipated huge scale schemes - although those schemes haven't but come to fruition. even as, many within the West looked Medvedev favourably, and gave him credits for elevating expectancies between either the elite and the center sessions in Russia in this type of method as to make it tough for the Russian nation to come back to its outdated methods. This booklet provides a entire survey of the Medvedev presidency, masking all parts together with politics, the economic climate, diplomacy and social advancements. the writer concludes that it really is nonetheless too early to evaluate Medvedev's achievements definitively.
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Thus, his loyalties appeared to be to the Tandem itself, and not necessarily to one of its two members. From Medvedev’s point of view, Sobyanin’s disdain for corruption was a key consideration. Fortunately, the stench of corruption around Luzhkov and his real-estate mogul wife, Yelena Baturina, had grown to the extent that the former mayor had few cliques willing to risk taking up his cause. Having opened the door to a clean-up of Moscow’s bureaucracy and impatient with Kudrin’s eﬀorts to cut personnel, in January 2011 Medvedev signed a decree that would reduce the number of federal employees by some 20 per cent by 2013 and shed the public service of about 160,000 jobs.
In a supportive paper titled ‘Modernization as Liberalization’ she lauded his performance to that date: ‘ … his self-conﬁdence is growing. He is becoming a more mature politician, and he speaks ﬂuently and conﬁdently. 43 Two years later, she admitted her mistake, explaining that the original division of powers with the Tandem was too one-sided: ‘the siloviki, the economy, parliament, the regions and the party have been left to Putin, while Medvedev is responsible for the formal performance of constitutional obligations, the courts, the ﬁght against corruption, and the training of a personnel reserve’.
17 Translating these hopes into practical results would not prove easy. The Tandem in action Very early in his presidency, Medvedev made it clear which projects would become keynotes of his term in oﬃce: modernizing the economic, political, and social life of the country, and curbing corruption. These themes will each be central to subsequent chapters and, with the exception of the modernization dimension of Medvedev’s presidential platform, will be touched on in this chapter only in passing. Attention here will be paid primarily to the oﬃce of the president and its close coordination with the oﬃce of the prime minister; that is, how the Tandem worked in practice, and how the president managed the Russian Federation’s aﬀairs.