Under Dmitry Medvedev, whom Vladimir Putin nominated yesterday as his preferred candidate to succeed him as president, Russia might have a serious chance to embark anew on a course of political liberalization and democratization. His selection may also provide an opportunity for Western governments and organizations to improve relations with Moscow.
Assessments of Medvedev, 42, have often focused on the link between his career and Putin's in the 1990s. Russian media have been hailing the deputy prime minister as an enlightened lawyer and representative of a younger generation. His foreign policy preferences are pro-European, if not pro-Western.
But Medvedev was a democratic activist and politician even before he met Putin, at a time when the latter was still serving in the KGB in East Germany.… Seguir leyendo »