Dimitry Medvedev, who was designated by President Putin as the next leader of Russia has usually spoken in terms slightly more moderate and less confrontational than his mentor. However, in an interview published in the magazine Itogi, he mouthed the words of Putin to express disdain for the actions of foreign nations which establish groups in Russia that work to further improved relations between Russia and their nation. Medvedev agreed with the decision to close down the British Council which fostered cultural relations claiming it was engaged “in gather information and conducting intelligence activities.”
The Russian people need a new leadership which seeks to extend the process of democracy within their nation and establish the basis of constitutional government that rips away government interference in clamping down on those who speak with independent voices. It remains to be seen whether Medvedev is a new voice or merely a dummy mouthing the words of his master.