By GEOFFREY T. SMITH
For someone supposed to be a puppet, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev is making a surprisingly convincing job of faking autonomy.
In his keynote speech last week at the Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum—a glitzy, carefully orchestrated affair at which Russian officialdom has traditionally given a pretty accurate description of its priorities to outside investors—Mr. Medvedev not only renounced many of the principles of Putinism, but also issued a thinly veiled criticism of some of his prime minister’s recent policy measures.
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