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Who Will Be The Next Russian President? Posted by on Dec 13, 2010 in History, Russian life

The current president of Russia is «Дмитрий Медведев» [Dmitry Medvedev], but many question whether he or «Владимир Путин» [Vladimir Putin] holds true power. 

One of the favorite activities of a «кремленолог» [Kremlinologist] is speculating about who will be the next president of Russia. Russia has had «три президента» [three presidents]: «Борис Николаевич Ельцин» [Boris Nikolayevich Yelstin], «Владимир Владимирович Путин» [Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin], and «Дмитрий Анатольевич Медведев» [Dmitry Anatolyevich Medvedev]. Both «Ельцин» and «Путин» served two terms; the main question on everyone’s minds now is whether «Медведев» will do the same.

According to «Конституция Российской Федерации» [the Constitution of the Russian Federation], «Одно и то же лицо не может занимать должность Президента Российской Федерации более двух сроков подряд» [One and the same person may not be elected President of the Russian Federation for more than two terms running]. (Go here if you want some heavy legal reading–the Russian Constitution–in Russian.)

But enough about «Конституция Российской Федерации». Let’s examine what «Аркадий Дворкович, помощник президента» [Arkady Dvokovich, the president’s aide] had to say about «выборы в 2012 (две тысячи двенадцатом) году» [the elections in 2012]. (The article I am referencing is here. News articles are an excellent way to learn vocabulary for a foreign language.)

«По словам Дворковича, Медведев хотел бы пойти на второй срок президенства» [According to Dvorkovich, Medvedev would like have a second term as president]. Simple enough, right? Not if we read further. In response to the idea that «Путин вернётся в Кремль в 2012 (две тысячи двенадцатом) году» [Putin will return to the Kremlin in 2012], «Дворкович не исключил эту возможность» [Dvorkovich didn’t exclude this possibility]. All he said was that «они будут консультироваться друг с другом» [they will consult each other].

So really, «мы просто не знаем, кто будет президентом в 2012 (две тысячи двенадцатом) году» [we simply don’t know who will be president in 2012]. As Putin said: «Посмотрим» [We’ll see]. Many have said that «Путин станет президентом» [Putin will become president] but only time will tell.

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I'm Natalie and I love the Russian language and sharing my knowledge with others. I graduated from university with a dual degree in Russian language & literature and history.