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Russian opposition scorn Medvedev's reform vow

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Russian opposition scorn Medvedev's reform vow


Russian President Dmitry Medvedev is not committed to real democratic reform, according to two of the country’s opposition leaders.

Organisers of recent anti-government protests met Russia’s head of state on Monday.

Medvedev is reported to have pledged to bring back elected regional governors and simplify the process of registering political parties.

But those proposals are already before the Russian parliament and fall short of the opposition’s expectations.

Vladimir Ryzhkov of the liberal People’s Freedom Party told euronews: “Medvedev is willing to make and implement medium-scale reforms before he leaves the Kremlin. But as to far-reaching changes, he can’t or won’t do that.”

Opposition parties are angry that Prime Minister Vladimir Putin will run for the presidency for a third time.

He last held the post between 2000 and 2008 before swapping jobs with Medvedev.

Sergei Udaltsov of the anti-capitialist Left Front said: “President Medvedev is not ready. It is too late and too radical. The presidential elections will go ahead on March 4. We’ll be in the streets the next day reacting to the results.”

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