When Vladimir Putin installed Dmitry Medvedev as Russia’s figurehead President so that Putin (constitutionally ineligible for re-election until he had taken a term off) could run the country as Prime Minister, the enemies of tyranny could only hope that Medvedev would decide to go for the brass ring himself. Â Since Putin has the hard-liners and the surviving oligarchs firmly behind him, Medvedev’s play, should he make one, would have to be an appeal to the more democratic and reformist elements of the Russian polity.
Still, that seemed to be mere wishful thinking. Â But now there’s a gleam of hope: Â a think tank whose board Medvedev chairs has called for, among other things, NATO membership, and end to censorship, and the abolition of whatever the KGB is currently calling itself.
Good news from Russia is about as likely as good weather in a Moscow February. Â But at least for a moment there might be a reasonable alternative to despair.