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(04/27/08) -

Russians See Medvedev as Putin’s Puppet

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – The vast majority of people in Russia believe outgoing president Vladimir Putin will continue to control the government, according to a poll by the Yury Levada Analytical Center. 67 per cent of respondents think incoming president Dmitry Medvedev will govern under Putin’s control, while 22 per cent say he will act independently.

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – The vast majority of people in Russia believe outgoing president Vladimir Putin will continue to control the government, according to a poll by the Yury Levada Analytical Center. 67 per cent of respondents think incoming president Dmitry Medvedev will govern under Putin’s control, while 22 per cent say he will act independently.

In another question, 47 per cent of respondents want Medvedev to have the real authority in the Russian Federation, while 17 per cent think it should remain in Putin’s hands.

Putin was elected to a second term as president in March 2004 with 71.31 per cent of all cast ballots. In April 2005, Putin ruled out seeking a new mandate, saying, "I will not change the constitution and in line with the constitution, you cannot run for president three times in a row."

Russian voters renewed the State Duma in December 2007. United Russia (YR)—whose candidate list was headed by Putin—secured 64.1 per cent of the vote and 315 of the legislature’s 450 seats. On that same month, Putin endorsed Medvedev as a presidential candidate, and Medvedev said it would be of the "utmost importance" to have Putin as prime minister.

On Mar. 14, Medvedev easily won Russia’s presidential election with 70.28 per cent of the vote. Medvedev is scheduled to be sworn in on May 7, but has already moved into the Kremlin and is working from there.

On Apr. 15, Putin officially became the leader of United Russia—which will allow him to become prime minister next month—saying, "Today even more than before, we need the consolidation of political forces and the spiritual unity of our people."

Polling Data

Do you think Dmitry Medvedev will govern independently or under the control of Vladimir Putin?

Independently

22%

Under Putin’s control

67%

Hard to answer

11%

In whose hands should the real authority in the Russian Federation be placed?

In Medvedev’s hands

47%

In Putin’s hands

17%

Both equally

27%

Hard to answer

9%

Source: Yury Levada Analytical Center
Methodology: Interviews with 1,600 Russian adults, conducted from Apr. 11 to Apr. 14, 2008. No margin of error was provided.