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Limonov Files May 8, 2008
Mr. Limonov on Mr. Medvedev
By Edward Limonov Browse author
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What he is going to do, that Mr. Medvedev from St. Petersburg? Personally, I expect from Mr. Medvedev nothing. The most probable behavior will be filling advice-orders from Mr. Putin. Because Mr. Putin’s group is constructed in the same manner as all groups of power are constructed in Russia, including criminal groups. Leader, "Chief Papa", is a head of a group, even if he will have no official post, he will forever be father to the group—a "papa." Putin is "papa" in his group, just for now it is more convenient to group interests that Mr. Medvedev will hold post of President of Russia. "Papa" Putin will for a time hold the second post in the State, the post of Prime Minister. But, one should understand, Putin will be second on the state hierarchy. Inside the group hierarchy, Putin will always be "papa." As in all closed societies, "papa" will stay "papa" until his physical death. That is what one should keep in mind when thinking about Mr. Medvedev and Mr. Putin.

Is it possible that Mr. Medvedev will rebel against "papa" Putin? It is highly unlikely. Because such a rebellion will overturn the closed society-group of Putin. Such rebellion will work against interest of all members of a group. Mr. Medvedev was, I presume, chosen exactly for his obedience to "papa" personally, and for his obedience to the laws of the Putin’s group. Sergei Ivanov was probably considered as less safe. From my personal observation, Ivanov is indeed less safe; he could have a courage and recklessness to pursue his own individual path. So, Putin’s group has avoided appointing Ivanov as head of the State. It was a reasonable decision, I have to admit. It in no question who will be the better president: Mr. Ivanov or Mr. Medvedev. It was a question of who will be better for Putin’s group, who will be safer. That is Mr. Medvedev, no questions. I can only applaud that wise decision. He is the best choice for Putin’s group.

But, of course, the main interests of general population is to get rid of Mr. Putin’s as soon as possible. "Papa" is good for his group, but for us he is not "papa."

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