AP - The departure of Russia's influential finance minister and the impending power swap between President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin won't have any immediate impact on Russia's economic policies or its debt rating, Standard & Poor's said Tuesday.
[AP] - The departure of Russia's influential finance minister and the impending power swap between President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin won't have any immediate impact won Russia's economic policies or its debt rating, Standard & Poor's said Tuesday.
Russia's sidelined Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev was mercilessly mocked by bloggers Saturday after apparently falling asleep during the high-octane ceremony to open the Sochi Winter Olympics. Medvedev served as Russian president between 2008 to 2012 but has been a largely marginal figure since moving to prime minster when his mentor Vladimir Putin returned to the Kremlin in 2012.
President Dmitry Medvedev has lost his political influence to a "significant extent" after the announcement of his decision to swap jobs with Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, the country's ex-finance minister said.
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin was due Wednesday to push for closer ex-Soviet integration after the surprise announcement of a free trade zone being created in the former communist bloc.Former KGB agent Putin has put a closer union with the now-sovereign republics at the top of his agenda since announcing plans to return to the Kremlin in a job swap with President Dmitry Medvedev in March.
MOSCOW — Vladimir Putin works so much it is difficult for him to have a personal life, his spokesman has claimed, while dodging rumours that the Russian president has secretly remarried.
Dmitry Peskov has been forced to deal with claims that Mr Putin married Alina Kabayeva, a 30-year-old politician and former Olympic gymnast, in a church ceremony last week.