I have never been interested in Mikhail Lesin because I always imagined him a minor player who was initially kept on as a courtesy to Boris Yeltsin, and then somehow managed to survive in the dog eat dog world that is the Kremlin. I still believe this, actually. What I find curious is most people’s response to the sacking of Mikhail Lesin. Most people act as though this is the first personnel decision ever made by the President. But we know that is not true. Only a few weeks ago, Dzhakhan Pollyeva was transferred out of the speech writing bureau.
I have mixed feelings about all of this. I think that Lesin was irrelevant, and thus the decision was more than likely based upon a personality conflict, rather than the stated corruption. Plus, he still appears to be a member of the Supervisory Board of Sochi 2014. On the other hand, it could be the beginning of the anti-corruption drive that Medvedev has decided to use as his platform.
In light of that, Itar-Tass asks: was Lesin’s resignation a casual event, or did it herald the beginning of some far-reaching process?
I think that it is entirely possible that it is the latter, but I am hesitant to read too much into this decision.