Russian Political, Economic, and Security Issues and U.S. Interests
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Dmitry Medvedev, Putins chosen successor and long-time protege, was elected President of the Russian Federation on March 2, 2008 with about 70 of the vote. Medvedev, formerly First Deputy Prime Minister, announced during the campaign that if elected, he would propose Putin as Prime Minister. Medvedev was inaugurated as President on May 7 Putin was confirmed as Prime Minister the next day. The Kremlins Unified Russia party had previously swept the parliamentary election December 2, 2007, winning more than two-thirds of the seats in the Duma. U.S. and EU observers criticized both elections as unfairly controlled by the governing authorities. Nevertheless, Putins widespread popularity in Russia led many to conclude that the election results corresponded to Russian public opinion.
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