It might have appeared in the trying period of power-reformatting in Moscow, that political priorities were all over the place, from strategic bombers to nanotechnologies, and from small business to NATO enlargement. By the end of the first month of President Medvedev’s “era,” the newly-reappointed ministers and aids had re-started their petty intrigues pretending that they ruled a huge country that essentially follows its own uncertain trajectory (www.polit.ru, May 21). The president and the prime minister, both visibly uncomfortable in their respective roles in the two-headed power construct, have in the meanwhile got down to the only activity that really matters–energy policy.
Baev, Pavel K. (2008) The Putin-Medvedev Duo Gets Back to Energy Business, Eurasia Daily Monitor. 3 June.