Russia has made an unofficial New Year’s resolution: this year, it’s time to cut down on the booze.
On April 5, a little-known Russian Senator and diplomat, Mikhail Margelov, published an article called “The Arab World Is Changing,” in which he argued that Russia is well-placed to act as mediator in the war in Libya, but it should think hard about the political risks. “We have too much going on in our own country,” he wrote
It was impossible to pinpoint the exact moment of the transformation, but by the time Russian President Dmitri Medvedev left the podium after his first big press conference on Wednesday, he had morphed into a lame duck. The problem was not so much that he failed to state his plans for re-election next year, but, as some members of his own circle now admit, the President seemed to be courting a constituency of just one man Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, who will alone decide whether Medvedev stays or goes