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By David A. Clarke Jr.
Blame Washington's intelligence failure, not lack of police
Topic - Dmitry
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has called for three members of the punk band Pussy Riot to be freed, saying further prison time would be "unproductive."
The spirit of rebellion roiling Russia this year stretches even into the Seliger youth camp, an annual Kremlin-funded event that has long been seen as a training ground for truculent Putin loyalists.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev vowed Tuesday to pursue his modernization agenda and implement political reforms enacted after massive street protests, after he shifts into the prime minister's job.
Influential Russian Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin resigned Monday following a televised confrontation with President Dmitry Medvedev, who angrily had demanded that Mr. Kudrin immediately explain his criticism of Mr. Medvedev's policies or step down.
President Dmitry Medvedev said Wednesday that Russia could modernize faster than his predecessor Vladimir Putin thinks, but he remained coy about whether he plans to seek a second term.
Syria's president said the country's security forces have made mistakes during the uprising against his regime, blaming poorly trained police officers at least in part for a crackdown that has killed more than 850 people over the past two months.