Russian Orthodox leader back Putin's anointed successor
Moscow (ENI). Patriarch Alexei II and other leaders of the Russian Orthodox Church have voiced their support for President Vladimir Putin's anointing of First Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev as his successor. They also approved of Medvedev's declaration that he would appoint Putin as prime minister after the scheduled 2 March presidential elections. With the backing of Putin and the United Russia party, which dominates Russian politics, Medvedev, aged 42, is expected to win by a wide margin. [418 words, ENI-07-0967]
quinta-feira, 13 de dezembro de 2007
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