has yet another excellent piece about Putin’s Russia, and Medvedev’s Gazeta article. Some hi-lights:
…Medvedev’s patron, then-President and current Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, named exactly the same problems as being the most fundamental ones facing Russia in his very first address to lawmakers in July 2000, shortly after he was elected president….
This is exactly why the Gazeta article sounded like the annual speech to the Duma. That is exactly what it was.
Over the past decade, Russia has not achieved even one of its declared goals or recovered, even partially, from even one of its underlying illnesses. In fact, most have grown even more severe.
Now, as if starting from a clean slate, Medvedev again lists the very same problems, and promises to resolve them during the new decade that begins in four months.