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Just flew in from Moscow (and boy are my arms tired), and I can confirm that this was all over the papers early last week. Written up in both Novaya Gazeta and in the English language Moscow News, in complementary stories, and alongside stories about Medvedev's efforts to clean house and remove various state officials from their positions on the boards of directors of partially state-owned enterprises. The rumor is that we may be on the brink of a big new privatization effort.

Other big news last week was the self-censorship of one TV station that first edited the heck out of, then refused to air entirely, a popular poet's criticism of Putin.

And speculation is heating up over the 2012 election, and whether Putin and Medvedev are really feuding, or whether it's all for show. The Presidency/PM situation is being regularly described as a: "duumvirate" and a "tandem presidency."

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