News / Europe

Putin Announces New Russian Cabinet

Russian President Putin presides over cabinet meeting May 21, 2012Russian President Putin presides over cabinet meeting May 21, 2012
x
Russian President Putin presides over cabinet meeting May 21, 2012
Russian President Putin presides over cabinet meeting May 21, 2012
MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin has appointed a new government and many of the leaders are Putin loyalists.

Putin unveiled his new government, tightening his grip on the economy and his political control. Analysts say it will limit Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev’s ability to implement his reform agenda, which includes launching pro-growth policies and a privatization bid to wean Russia off its dependence on oil.

Despite this, Putin announced that he and Medvedev agreed on the government.

Putin thanked Medvedev, saying the two talked in great detail about the work that faces the new Russian government.  

The president and former KGB officer also consolidated his power over security structures by keeping Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on board, along with Anatoly Serdyukov as defense minister. Long-time Putin ally Igor Shuvalov will also keep his post as first deputy prime minister.

It is this lack of change in many top positions that has Muscovite Nikolai, who did not want to use his last name, doubting that Russia’s economy or political situation will ever change.

He says that he does not expect anything from the new government, that he relies only on himself. He says that it is not even interesting to him -- probably only to pensioners and people who are not socially protected. But he says for young people, it is just go ahead and work and that is all.

Putin has faced unprecedented demonstrations since the collapse of the Soviet Union. Hundreds of thousands of protesters have taken to the streets to demonstrate against his United Russia party and its win in the December parliament elections. Many say the party won by ballot-stuffing and vote-rigging, a charge it vehemently denies.

Demonstrators also say that Putin won the presidency through a tightly controlled political system and corruption. They continue to protest his return to the Kremlin for an unprecedented third term.

Alexander, who also did not want to use his last name, says even though Putin has appointed those loyal to his government, there is hope for a better Russia.

He says there is hope for the future and that the government will do its work correctly. But he says Russians can really only guess what the government is going to do.

There are some young liberals in the government lineup, including Arkady Dvorkovich, who served under Medvedev as his economic adviser. Dvorkovich is now one of six deputy prime ministers and is responsible for energy and industry policy, a much bigger responsibility than he had under Medvedev.

You May Like

Sydney Hostage-taker Failed to Manipulate Social Media

Gunman forced captives to use personal Facebook, YouTube accounts to issue his demands; online community helped flag messages, urged others not to share them More

UN Seeks $8.4 Billion to Help War-Hit Syrians

Effort aimed at helping Syrians displaced within their own country and those who've fled to neighboring ones More

Who Are the Pakistani Taliban?

It's an umbrella group of militant organizations whose objective is enforcement of Sharia in Pakistan 'whether through peace or war' More

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Will Pakistan School Shooting Galvanize Pakistan Against Extremism?i
X
Ayesha Tanzeem
December 17, 2014 11:54 AM
The attack on a military school in Pakistan’s northwest city of Peshawar left 141 dead, including 132 children. Strong statements of condemnation poured in from across the world. The country announced three days of mourning, and the leadership, both political and military, promised retribution. VOA's Ayesha Tanzeem looks at how likely the Pakistani government is to clamp down on all extremist groups.
Video

Video Will Pakistan School Shooting Galvanize Pakistan Against Extremism?

The attack on a military school in Pakistan’s northwest city of Peshawar left 141 dead, including 132 children. Strong statements of condemnation poured in from across the world. The country announced three days of mourning, and the leadership, both political and military, promised retribution. VOA's Ayesha Tanzeem looks at how likely the Pakistani government is to clamp down on all extremist groups.
Video

Video ‘Anti-Islamization’ Marches Increase Tensions In Germany

Anti-immigrant rallies in Germany have been building in recent weeks, peaking Monday night in the city of Dresden where tens of thousands of people turned out to demonstrate against what they call the ‘Islamization’ of the West. Germany has offered asylum to more Syrian refugees than any other country, and this appears to have set off the protests. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.
Video

Video Aceh Rebuilt Decade After Tsunami, But Scars Remain

On December 26, 2004 there was an earthquake in the Indian Ocean so powerful it caused the Earth’s axis to wobble a few centimeters. Onshore on the island of Sumatra, the resulting tsunami was devastating. A decade later, VOA Correspondent Steve Herman reports from Banda Aceh, Indonesia, where although there is little remaining evidence of the physical devastation, the psychological scars among survivors remain.
Video

Video Refugees Living in Kenya Long for Peace in the Home Countries

Kenya is host to numerous refugees seeking safe haven from conflict. Immigrants from Somalia face challenges in their new lives in Kenya. Ahead of International Migrants Day (December 18) Lenny Ruvaga has more for VOA News from the Kenyan capital.
Video

Video Turkey's Authoritarianism Dismays Western Allies

The Turkish government has been defiant in the face of criticism at home and abroad for its raids targeting opposition media. The European Union on Monday expressed dismay after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan lashed out at Brussels for criticizing his government's action. Turkey's bid to be considered for EU membership has been on hold while critics accuse the NATO ally of increasingly authoritarian rule. Zlatica Hoke reports.
Video

Video US-China Year in Review: Hong Kong to Climate Change

The United States is pushing for a code of conduct to resolve territorial disputes in the South China Sea as it works to improve commercial ties with Beijing. VOA State Department correspondent Scott Stearns reports on a year of U.S. policy toward China from Hong Kong to climate change.
Video

Video Japanese Leader’s Election Win Raises Potential for Conflict with Neighbors

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his allies easily won a two-thirds majority in parliament Sunday, even though the country has slipped into recession under his conservative policies. VOA’s Brian Padden reports from Seoul, that the prime minister’s victory will empower him to continue economic reforms but also pursue a nationalist agenda that will likely increase tensions with Japan’s neighbors.
Video

Video Nuba Mountain Families Hide in Caves to Escape Aerial Bombings

Despite ongoing peace talks between Sudan's government and the rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North, or SPLM-N, daily aerial attacks continue in South Kordofan province’s Nuba Mountains. Adam Bailes was there and reports for VOA that government forces are targeting civilian areas, rather than military positions, with their daily bombardments.

All About America

AppleAndroid