Are Russia's recent hints of reform grounded in real change

As Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin position themselves for next year’s election, Russians are seeing hints of future reform.
Is it genuine, or political posturing?Both leaders have sparred increasingly over policy issues and, experts say, both have been presented with separate studies warning that Russia’s highly-centralized and authoritarian political system has become a suffocating obstacle to further economic progress, and that without sweeping political reforms the country faces possible breakdown or even Egyptian-style popular revolt.Read more on

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