Medvedev’s Coronation

This is the long version of the made for TV coronation of Russia’s new president Dmitri Medvedev. There is a shorter, better version here from the BBC. You should watch this bit of political showmanship. It’s really well done, with brilliant camera work and lots of state pomp.

As expected, Medvedev immediately nominated Putin for Prime Minister (his ratification by their parliament was a mere formality). Some progress though; Medvedev’s speech was filled with talk of civil liberties and the rule of law:

“In a brief speech, he pledged to work for ‘a better’ Russia, developing ‘civil and economic freedom’.

He said that ‘human rights and freedoms… determine the meaning and content of all state activity’.

Mr Medvedev also stressed he would ‘pay special attention to the fundamental role of the law’.”

We’ll see.

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