“Putin had by December already taken steps to distance himself from United Russia by forming a new coalition called the All-Russia People’s Front.”
The Telegraph | April 23, 2012
President-elect Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday he would resign from his leadership post of Russia’s increasingly unpopular ruling party and hand it over to his future premier Dmitry Medvedev.
Putin’s departure from United Russia marks a dramatic change in fortunes for a group that had dominated the country’s politics for most of his 2000-08 presidency but is now the focus of street protests and corruption complaints.
Putin had chaired United Russia while serving as Medvedev’s prime minister for the past four years while never actually being a card-carrying member of the party.
The two close allies will swap jobs after the May 7 inauguration, and Putin said it would only be logical for Medvedev to take his seat at the party…
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