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Russia Begins Slow Transfer from Putin to Medvedev

As Russia prepares for a transition of power to a new president, many Americans dismiss Dmitry Medvedev as simply a front-man for Vladimir Putin. But Medvedev, former lawyer who's currently chairman of the Gazprom natural gas company, will likely use Russia's leverage in the energy sector to forge closer ties to China and Europe. And he is unlikely to pay much attention to the U.S. for a while, despite the long list of unresolved issues from the Bush-Putin years.

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