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The two leaders have agreed to swap jobs after a presidential election next year under a deal which involves Medvedev stepping aside as president at the end of his four-year term and taking Putin’s place as premier.

But Putin signalled in an interview on Monday, almost in passing, that Medvedev’s legitimacy to lead the government could be affected by how well the United Russia party fares in a parliamentary election on Dec. 4.

Medvedev is top of the party’s list of election candidates so its performance will reflect on him personally. It is sure to win the election, but opinion polls suggest it may struggle to retain its two-thirds majority in parliament’s lower house.

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