posted on Dec, 10 2007 @ 12:47 PM
Medvedev is an economist and a legal expert. He is partly credited with the rebuilding of Russia's economy and restructuring of energy companies.
While he is a powerful figure, he is mostly left behind the scenes and little is known about his non-economic political views, because he rarely
appears before the media or in debates. What is known is that he favors improving economy, opening up Russia's markets, having closer economic ties
with all of Russia's neighbors and easing trade restriction. He is also believed to be more liberal and less authoritative than Putin, is no doubt a
better choice than Ivanov when it comes to improving Russia's foreign relation. The guy is also known to be very smart and careful in politics.
Overall he is the better choice among those whom Putin might have chosen, like Ivanov. It is too early to tell, but this may be a sign that Putin
wants to continue for the administration that succeeds him to primarily focus on economy, and also to improve foreign relations. While some speculate
that Medvedev will be nothing more than a puppet for Putin, I do not agree - he is too smart for that. Given Presidential power he will have the
ability to tow his own line.
[edit on 10-12-2007 by maloy]