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Topic - Dmitry Oreshkin
Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, once one of Russia's most popular leaders, is now politically a "dead man walking" as his former mentor, President Vladimir Putin, undermines him, leading many to predict that the ruthless president is preparing to dump his reform-minded protege.
Rising discontent over corruption and a lack of real political reform ahead of Sunday's presidential election could force Vladimir Putin into a runoff as he seeks to secure a third term in the Kremlin.
Rising discontent over corruption and a lack of real political reform ahead of Sunday's presidential election could force Vladimir Putin into a run-off as he seeks to secure a third term in the Kremlin.
"It will all depend on how critical the situation becomes," said Dmitry Oreshkin, an independent Moscow-based analyst.
"But Putin doesn't like to part with people who have been loyal to him," Mr. Oreshkin said. "When he gets rid of Medvedev, it will be done respectfully, with a golden parachute."