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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.
"The majority of Russians still consider Putin to be a legitimate president," said independent political analyst Dmitry Oreshkin, a former member of the Kremlin's human rights council.
"The violence in Kiev may have tarnished Putin's international image, as most people suspect he encouraged the authorities to try to put down the protests. But here in Russia, people have been distracted by the Olympics," he said.