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dbt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-22-11 03:29 AM
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Russia: Medvedev urges bold political reforms
Source: BBC

Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev has proposed reinstating direct elections of regional governors, in a far-reaching plan for political reform.

Direct elections were abolished by his predecessor Vladimir Putin in 2004, since when the governors have been Kremlin appointees.

Mr Medvedev was addressing the full Russian parliament, live on television.

His speech comes after tens of thousands of people demonstrated in Moscow over alleged election abuses.


Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-16299093
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