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22 May 2024

A radical makeover for Russia

Dmitry Medvedev at a meeting on the reorganisation of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in Moscow. (AFP)


It is the near future. Russia is a thriving multi-party democracy with a media free of state control. It has become a member of Nato and is thinking of joining the European Union.

A crazed fantasy? This was the vision put forward yesterday by a think-tank set up by President Dmitry Medvedev of the path Russia needs to take in the next years. Among its other radical proposals were making Russia's army a slimmed-down voluntary force, restoring elections for regional governors and drastically reducing state participation in the economy.

The report by the Institute of Contemporary Development (Insor) said Russia was at a crossroads in its history where it faced a choice between becoming a modern country or losing its status as a great power.

Entitled '21st Century Russia: the Image of the Tomorrow We Want', the report has been keenly anticipated for disclosing the vision of the modernising figures seen as close to Medvedev.


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