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New era is beginning in Russia's political life - Kudrin
Interfax - 1.24.12 - JRL 2012-12

MOSCOW. Jan 24 (Interfax) - Former finance minister Alexei Kudrin believes the transition of Vladislav Surkov, former first deputy head of the presidential administration, to the government means the end of the era of restrictions in Russia's political life. "It's a symbolic event. I think the era of such methods, methods of restrictions in the sphere of political life, is now generally over," Kudrin said on the program Pozner (Channel One television) in the early hours of Tuesday responding to a question about Surkov's departure from the presidential administration.

Kudrin believes this event marks the beginning of a new era in Russian political life. In particular, he believes the presidential legislative initiatives on the reform of the political system are largely connected to the protests against the outcome of the December 4 elections, even though he admitted that the work on these bills began long before those events.

"However, the [protest in Prospekt] Sakharova played a significant role in their prompt submission," Kudrin said.

However, Kudrin believes the authorities still do not fully understand who the people who took part in the protests were.

"There were some careless and provocative statements on the protesters," he said.

"However, I now see that meetings have begun, of which some involve opposition journalists," Kudrin said, referring to the meetings recently organized by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and President Dmitry Medvedev.

Kudrin believes it marks the beginning of dialogue between the authorities and society.

'We need to react to societal requests. Today they have been stated more loudly and they cannot be ignored. I think the administration will stay stable if it reacts to that. It's a duty of the administration," Kudrin said.

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MOSCOW. Jan 24 (Interfax) - Former finance minister Alexei Kudrin believes the transition of Vladislav Surkov, former first deputy head of the presidential administration, to the government means the end of the era of restrictions in Russia's political life.

"It's a symbolic event. I think the era of such methods, methods of restrictions in the sphere of political life, is now generally over," Kudrin said on the program Pozner (Channel One television) in the early hours of Tuesday responding to a question about Surkov's departure from the presidential administration.

Kudrin believes this event marks the beginning of a new era in Russian political life. In particular, he believes the presidential legislative initiatives on the reform of the political system are largely connected to the protests against the outcome of the December 4 elections, even though he admitted that the work on these bills began long before those events.

"However, the [protest in Prospekt] Sakharova played a significant role in their prompt submission," Kudrin said.

However, Kudrin believes the authorities still do not fully understand who the people who took part in the protests were.

"There were some careless and provocative statements on the protesters," he said.

"However, I now see that meetings have begun, of which some involve opposition journalists," Kudrin said, referring to the meetings recently organized by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and President Dmitry Medvedev.

Kudrin believes it marks the beginning of dialogue between the authorities and society.

'We need to react to societal requests. Today they have been stated more loudly and they cannot be ignored. I think the administration will stay stable if it reacts to that. It's a duty of the administration," Kudrin said.