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Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev does not rule out the possibility for himself to run for president in the future. He said so in an interview to the France Press news agency and the newspaper Le Figaro in the runup to the visit to France. The prime minister said the necessary conditions for it were "enough strength and health," and "Russians' support."
According to Medvedev, "he finds it quite comfortable to work at the government building" and that he is "not particularly nostalgic for the Kremlin," the Rossiiskaya Gazeta noted. "I've long decided for myself that by no means should one get attached to certain places of work, because otherwise, you won't be able to work elsewhere," Medvedev said as he elaborated on his principles. For a person who thinks otherwise, getting another job turns into a tragedy. "And surely you cannot assume you've been elected for good to any post, from village head to the country’s president," the prime minister noted.
The Nezavisiamya Gazeta notes that "these reflections on the theme of the premier's recollections of the future," were voiced in the heat of the defamation campaign, when the number of rumors about a possible and inevitable resignation of the prime minister exceeded the permissible norm per unit of politicized space." Medvedev does not wish to be "a lame duck," the newspaper underlines. Furthermore, he is sending to his ill wishers an ominous message: "not only will I be Russia's second person in the next five and half years, I also intend to be the master of your fate during the six subsequent years. Accept it and submit, sheathe your swords."
In the newspaper's view, Medvedev actually began to reanimate the image of the idea of tandem as a model to govern Russia. But he began the campaign without the Kremlin's assistance.
The Novye Izvestia asked experts to comment. Political scientist Andrei Piontkovsky was very categorical in saying that Medvedev's comeback as president "cannot happen." "The flow of materials against Medvedev has increased lately, especially regarding his initiative about the insane fines for drivers. The wave of Medvedev's discreditation is not accidental. I believe serious work is underway on the issue of his resignation," Piontkovsky said.
Direct or the Institute for Political Expertise Yevgeny Minchenko agrees that as of now, Medvedev's return is less and less probable. "As for his tenure as prime minister, I believe there is a possibility of both his keeping the premier's chair during the whole of Putin's term and his resignation within the next few months. For Putin, it would be correct to use such a potent weapon as government resignation as seldom as possible. So he will keep it as a measure of last resort and delay it as long as he can. But the elites' discontent with Medvedev is growing, and all his attempts to get additional public support yield the opposite effect. Such as his statement about the 500,000-rouble fines for drivers, which he then began to refute, claiming misunderstanding," the expert said.
Doctor of political sciences Sergei Chernyakhovsky, cited by the Kommersant, believes "Medvedev, by his age, status and the way he sees his future in politics, should show that he is not an outgoing politician, but the one with prospects."
By his statement, he is trying to solve two tasks: "to tell that he is ready and that future belongs to him, and that he acknowledges Putin's priority."
"I wouldn't look for hidden meanings here; everything is open and transparent," political analyst Pavel Danilin said.
"Dmitry Anatolyevich has presidential ambitious. It is a political statement and a political bid. Taking into account Medvedev's unpopular decision in the recent time; his public support and popularity have plunged," Danilin said.