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Medvedev Adviser Says Kudrin Would Be Better Premier

An adviser to Dmitry Medvedev said the outgoing Russian president should abandon plans to become premier and make way for the man he fired last year as finance minister, Alexei Kudrin, who would do a better job.

Medvedev, 46, in September agreed to give up the chance of a second term to allow Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, 59, to reclaim the Kremlin. Putin offered Medvedev the premier’s job in return, a move that turned the president into a diminished political figure, said Igor Yurgens, who heads a research group created by Medvedev, in an interview in Moscow Feb. 17.