The term "tandem" was used to describe the Putin-Medvedev combination which ruled Russia from 2008 to 2012, when Medvedev was president and Putin prime minister. Many people saw Putin as the real wielder of power, with Medvedev as his puppet. Others, however, saw Medvedev as a visionary, someone who envisioned large scale schemes - even though these schemes have not yet come to fruition. At the same time, many in the West regarded Medvedev favourably, and gave him credit for raising expectations among both the elite and the middle classes in Russia in such a way as to make it difficult for the Russian state to return to its old ways. This book presents a comprehensive survey of the Medvedev presidency, covering all areas including politics, the economy, international relations and social developments. The author concludes that it is still too early to assess Medvedev's achievements definitively.
J. L. Black is the Director of the Centre for Research on Canadian-Russian Relations at Laurentian University in Barrie, Ontario, and an Emeritus Professor of Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada
Preface Introduction 1. The Tandem 2. The Russian Federation: Source of Strength and Weakness 3. The Political Cockpit 4. Economic Considerations 5. Themes in Foreign Affairs 6. Society, Daily Life, and the Corruption Conundrum Concluding Remarks