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Russia's Medvedev warns of political "stagnation"

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Russia's Medvedev warns of political "stagnation"


Steered into Russia’s presidency by Vladimir Putin in 2008, Dmitri Medvedev has made his harshest criticism yet of his predecessor’s ruling party.

His comments come as speculation mounts over who will run for Russia’s top job in 2012.

In his video blog, Medvedev slammed domestic politics, dominated by the United Russia party of Putin, now prime minister.

Signs of “stagnation” have begun appearing, he said, adding that this is equally damaging for both the ruling party and opposition forces. He said the lack of political competition had marginalised the opposition but, with no worries over losing, United Russia would also degrade.

Medvedev later met leaders of Russia’s parliamentary factions.

The president’s critical comments come ahead of a major policy speech next week in which analysts say he could announce reforms.

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