Russia is still in the era of former KGB agent Putin despite the presence of President Medvedev. A group of former United Russia political operatives in the Saratov region of the country have admitted responsibility for organizing a smear campaign against political enemies of State Duma Deputy Vyacheslav Volodin. The editors and writers for the web site, Conspirology.com, told a news conference they were hired to organize the smear campaign and stage incidents with any officials who indicated they did not support the Duma Deputy.
There is nothing surprising about their admission since it would be naive to actually believe political campaigns in Putin, Russia are ever honest or respect the views of those in opposition. Hopefully, at some point, President Medvedev will begin acting as leader of the nation and establish the principle of law and order in Russia.