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You're reading: Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty: Is Vladimir Putin Russia’s last czar?

At a conference last week in Moscow of the Kremlin-backed United Russia party, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin proposed current President Dmitry Medvedev to head the party list for the Duma (parliament) elections in December.

Medvedev generously responded by proposing Putin as United Russia’s candidate for the Russian presidential election in March 2012.

The cat was finally out of the bag: the outcome is clear, and so the presidential election is effectively already over.

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