MOSCOW, June 5 (Itar-Tass) — On Monday, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev answered acute questions of a famous TV anchorman Vladimir Pozner live on Channel One.
Pozner invited the premier to participate in his program on May 29, the Rossiiskaya Gazeta daily reported. The TV anchorman spoke about the recent United Russia congress, at which Medvedev was approved unanimously as a new chairman of the party. Pozner compared this event with the Communist Party of the Soviet Union in the times of stagnation, when all people voted unanimously, and invited the premier to explain the situation. Some time later it was reported that the prime minister accepted the invitation.
Dmitry Medvedev, as Pozner acknowledged at the beginning of the program, surprised him twice. “First, I absolutely did not expect that you will come. Moreover, I did not expect that you will go on air. I did not expect it at all. Finally, no one will ask me to give questions to you in advance. So, I am thrice surprised that occurs to me quite rarely,” Pozner noted.
The questions were not quite easy, but Dmitry Medvedev did not try to avoid the essence of questions, did not take a self-protecting position and easily engaged in sincere talks, the government-controlled newspaper believes.
Dmitry Medvedev finds it absolutely fair and legal a swap of posts with Vladimir Putin, because he ceded the post of president to the latter without any struggle, the Vedomosti daily reported. “I cannot understand the emotional component of this (the protests against the swap of posts), I am not ready to understand the legal aspect, because there is no such aspect here,” the newspaper quoted the prime minister as saying. “From the legal and moral points of view that can be even higher we acted absolutely fairly and according to the law,” he noted. The United Russia leader added that not all people can like this situation, “This is absolutely normal.”
He pledged that the former members of the government that were transferred to the posts in the presidential administration, will not exert any influence on the decisions of the incumbent Cabinet, “All of them have the so-called “field of work”, but it has no bearing on those decisions, which the government takes. They should do their own business and should fulfil concrete instructions.” Medvedev noted that the presidential administration is an important structure, which helps in the work of the president. “This is a conglomerate of aides. During the whole period of work in the presidential administration I cannot remember about any case, when someone from the presidential administration would rule the government,” the premier said.
He reiterated his position towards massive political rallies and the punishment for violators of the rules of rallies. He noted that the participants in massive actions and police should learn the culture and the punishment for violations at rallies should be more flexible. “The political culture of all political forces should be different. This concerns those, who go out to protest, put forth their demands to the authorities, it is absolutely normal. This concerns those, who keep the public order and ensure security. This concerns those, who take concrete decisions,” Medvedev said.
The Moskovsky Komsomolets daily quoted Medvedev as saying in a statement about the makeup of the new government. “I will tell you one simple thing: this was my choice. This is the first thing. Secondly, the list of people, which I gave to President Vladimir Putin as candidates for the posts in the government – he supported all of them. There were no people on the list who were put on it in some other way,” Medvedev said.
Dmitry Medvedev takes his one presidential term “absolutely positively,” the swap of posts was done with Vladimir Putin fairly and legally, and the post of the prime minister cannot be technical in any way, the Kommersant daily reported.
When it was reported on Friday that Dmitry Medvedev will participate in an interview with Vladimir Pozner, this was a good piece of news as it is, the Kommersant daily reported in the comments. Vladimir Pozner asked Dmitry Medvedev about everything he wanted to ask. The questions were acute and logical, the answers were direct and detailed. However, no major revelations were made, the newspaper reported.
Most issues, which were discussed live on Channel One, have been discussed in the last few weeks and last few months. Although Dmitry Medvedev acknowledged that “the society is changing and my point of view changed, I do not see anything wrong in this.” His confidence was voiced in each phrase of the interview that the strategic policy taken 12 years ago was generally right and tactical decisions were correct, and some current shortcomings can be easily repaired. The Russian political leadership believes in their rightfulness and the right for this rightfulness finds final, the Kommersant daily believes.