Medvedev warns about excessive power

By Charles Clover

Russia could face civil war or stagnation if too much power is concentrated in one man’s hands, Dmitry Medvedev, the president, said on Friday in a veiled swipe at his mentor and rival for re-election in 2012.

The comment was an oblique criticism of Vladimir Putin, the autocratic prime minister, who is still reckoned to be Russia’s most powerful man. The jibe was also Mr Medvedev’s strongest criticism yet of the former two-term president.


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