According to Paul Goble, Andrei Fursenko went on Ekho Moskvy about a week ago, and talked about the problem the population decline will have on education. Not the most shocking of messages, and what he said seemed sound. What was more interesting was that he came pretty close to calling Putin a liar on the demographics issue, and then said that the Duma is after him.
So Andrei Fursenko is worried, but I am not sure why. He says that the Duma is attacking him, but so what? What are they going to do to him? It seems as though his fear is that the Duma will try to force him out. But it is not like the Duma has the power to do so. And why are you appealing to an audience that (theoretically, at least) has less power the the Duma? I suppose that his audience could take to the streets, but why should they? What is in it for them?
All that to say, there is clearly more to this story than what Fursenko said, and it does not bode well for the future of the tandemocracy, or for Putin’s grip on those close to him.