Medvedev: A Safe Choice For Putin
Contender number one was Sergei Ivanov, a first deputy premier who, says WSJ, "built up a stern and hawkish reputation while defense minister."
The other, "a business-friendly lawyer and board chairman of state natural-gas giant Gazprom," was another first deputy primier, Dmitry Medvedev.
Let's look at the two as Putin would:
- Ivanov is a tough guy, much like Putin. He's built a core of support in the military as defense minister and in a Russia hungry for rekindled prominence on the world stage, could easily enough build his military support into public support.
- Medvedev is an inside player, a safe bet for the economy, and more likely to support Putin's wishes than his own.
So who is the incoming president of Russia? Look behind the veil and you'll see it's the outgoing president of Russia.