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Russian Think Tank Chief Predicts Medvedev Re-Election Bid

Moscow, 18 May: Igor Yurgens, the chairman of the board of the Institute of Contemporary Development (think-tank whose chairman of the board of trustees is President Dmitriy Medvedev), has drawn the conclusion from Dmitriy Medvedev's remarks at his news conference in Skolkovo (on 18 May) that he will run for re-election in 2012.

Answering a question from Interfax on Wednesday (18 May) about whether the president's failure to declare his intention to contest the election meant that he would not be running, Yurgens said: "No. Judging by his answer and his body language, I would be more inclined to say that in the near future, albeit in a different format, he will announce that he will run."

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