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New Russian Prez Digs Hard Rock, Putin

In Medvedev, quirky résumé masks loyal junior partner
By Zach Samalin,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 4, 2008 12:20 PM CST
New Russian Prez Digs Hard Rock, Putin
Vladimir Putin, left, and his hand-picked successor Dmitry Medvedev greet their supporters standing side-by-side at the stage during a concert to mark presidential election at the Moscow Red Square late Sunday, March 2, 2008. Medvedev scored a crushing victory in Russia's presidential elections Sunday,...   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – Trivia on Russian president-elect Dmitry Medvedev—that he is a swimmer, a yoga lover, and Deep Purple buff—merely masks a man wholly devoted to Vladimir Putin, New Yorker editor David Remnick writes. "Trivia domesticated even the worst Soviet-era résumés," he reminds us: Catherine the Great loved horses, Nicholas II photography, and Alexander III the French horn. Medvedev's pastimes are just as trivial.

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What separates Putin and his protégé is style. "Medvedev is more soft-spoken, and, partly as a result, he has acquired a worldlier, more liberal image than some of his peers." Quoting a former aid to Boris Yeltsin, Remnick writes: “Medvedev has such a weak personality that he would be raped by lobbyists right on his table on the second day of his Presidency, and Putin knows this." (Read more Dmitry Medvedev stories.)

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