Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev

Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev

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Dmitry Medvedev, Russia's prime minister, left, and Vladimir Putin, Russia's president. Putin threatened to dismiss all underperforming officials earlier this month, according to a video clip of an April 17 meeting he had with ministers and regional governors, which was leaked hours before Medvedev addressed parliament.