24 April 2012

RUSSIA : Medvedev Promises Reforms As PM; Putin Will Resign Party Post.


     Soon to be ex-president Dmitry Medvedev vowed to enact political reforms and fight corruption...when he becomes PM...though he has accomplished little in 4 years as president.
     Medvedev announced the pardon of one man...a non-activist...arrested during a recent protest...while 31 more activists still languish in jail...including oil magnate Mikhail Khodorkovsky. 
      President-elect Vlad Putin says he will resign as head of the United Russia party in May ...and wants Medvedev to succeed him as leader of what activists call... 'the party of crooks and thieves.'