Winds of change or media show?

On 29 January 2009, Dmitry Medvedev held two meetings. The first occurred in the headquarters of the FSB on Lubyanka Square. All the key people responsible for the power agencies were there: Naryshkin, the head of the presidential administration, Lebedev, the chair of the Supreme Court, Chayka, the Prosecutor Peneral, Patrushev, the head of the Security Council, Ministers of Justice, Interior, and Defense.

Medvedev started the meeting with the power block with promises to increase their financing. He stated the necessity to take preventive measures to resist separatist tendencies, ethnic and religious intolerance. President Medvedev also recommended developing closer cooperation with the institutes of the civil society.

Right after this meeting President Medvedev met with Dmitry Muratov, the chief editor of Novaya Gazeta, and Mikhail Gorbachev, the former Soviet President. Thus, he seems to be trying to follow his own recommendation “to establish relations with the civil society.” Muratov gave an account of that meeting in his interview to Echo of Moscow.

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