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Putin Should Let Medvedev Run in 2012, Adviser Says

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin should let President Dmitry Medvedev, his protégé, seek re-election in 2012 rather than return to the Kremlin and risk unrest like that in Tunisia this month, a Medvedev adviser said.

“Look at what is happening in Tunisia,” Igor Yurgens, who heads a research institute set up by Medvedev, said yesterday in an interview. “People won’t understand why Russia can’t choose a new, more modern-looking person who is more open to the outside world. Everyone is fed up at seeing the same face.”