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Russian President Vladimir Putin chose Mikhail Fradkov as a candidate for the premiership 6 months ago
Six months ago, Russian President Vladimir Putin chose Mikhail Fradkov as a candidate for the premiership. On September 1, Russia's prime minister celebrates his 54th birthday. It is time to sum up the preliminary results of his time in office. Mikhail Delyagin, the academic leader of the Globalisation Problems Institute, calls Mr Fradkov a "Teflon premier", because the government's failures do not stick to him. In the government, Mr Fradkov successfully opposes market fundamentalists, that is, Economic Development Minister German Gref and Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin, but has failed to attract to his side Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Zhukov, who has been "offended" by the liberals. Mr Fradkov's achievement is that he has put the brakes on the "destructive electricity reform", while his failures are his passivity during the escalations of the Yukos case and the banking crisis, as well as the replacement of benefits in-kind with cash payments, Mr Delyagin believes. Sergei Markov, director of the Political Studies Institute, believes that Mr Fradkov does have a program, but cannot implement it because of the liberal intrigues. The "institutionalist" Mr Fradkov, backed by the economist Joseph Stiglitz's ideas about the state's leading role in the economy, opposes the liberals, Mr Markov believes. He also said, "in the long run Gref will fall into line with Fradkov."
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