Yesterday, while we were busy watching the Sunday talk shows, Russians were voting for their next president. To the surprise of practically no one, the victor has already been announced: Dmitri Medvedev, the Kremlin’s current First Deputy Prime Minister and hand-picked protege of President Vladimir Putin.
Medvedev has been the heir apparent to the Putin throne for some time now, in part because there is a not-so-quiet official understanding that Putin will remain in the picture (as Prime Minister or in some other capacity). The watchword has been – and remains – continuity, rather than change.
The New York Sun’s Eli Lake has a good review of the election and its implications (including some quotes from yours truly) here.
Notice to Readers: The American Spectator and Spectator World are marks used by independent publishing companies that are not affiliated in any way. If you are looking for The Spectator World please click on the following link: https://spectatorworld.com/.