More On Gazeta
article from Paul Goble, translating/summarising Alexei Makarin’s op-ed in “Yezhednevny zhurnal”. Makarin makes a point that rather resonates with me because of my interest in the Power Vertical, and the Clan Wars. In my view, there is a group within the Presidential Administration who are advocating a more forceful opposition to Putin & Co. Members of this movement include Press Secretary Natalia Timakova, the President’s Economic Advisor Arkady Dvorkovich, Head of the President’s Control Directorate Chuychenko, among others. I believe that members of this group worked together on the “Gazeta” article.
My concern is basically the same as Makarin’s. That this could end up backfiring on said faction, and cause Medvedev’s early ouster. This is probably the President’s fear as well, and why he takes German Gref’s MO of forward, then retreat.
In what appears to be Putin’s response to the Gazeta article, the PM said today that he may run for President in 2012, but that he and Medvedev will “decide together”. I happen to believe that Putin will go the special election route, and that Medvedev will not be consulted at all, but I am a self-confessed conspiracy theorist, so there you go.