In Russia, a Mood of Cautious Optimism

Business leader Igor Jurgens says Putin can deliver economic reforms. A civil society, however, is up to his fellow citizens

In just two weeks, Russia goes to the polls for its third presidential election since the end of communism. Voters are expected to back the incumbent, President Vladimir V. Putin, by a huge margin. The campaign got lively when, in a surprise move on Feb. 24, Putin dismissed the entire government. Now, Russia is gripped with feverish speculation over who Putin will appoint as his new Prime Minister. No matter whom he chooses, many questions remain about what exactly Putin has in store for Russia after Mar. 14.

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