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Russia will continue economic, political modernization - Medvedev

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KHABAROVSK. Nov 11 (Interfax) - While Russia has done a great deal of work to develop its economic and political system in the past years, it will continue modernizing these, President Dmitry Medvedev said.

"We have done quite a lot in the past years. This is my subjective judgment. You may not agree with it. But this doesn't mean that we should ossify in this position and not touch anything," Medvedev said at a meeting with members of the press from the Far Eastern region on Friday. "It seems to me that we have advanced both in terms of investments and innovations, as well as in other fields, but in general, I cannot say that we have resolved all issues," he said.

"The crisis did hamper our efforts. That's bad. On the other hand, we probably were quite sluggish in something, and we should honestly admit this," Medvedev said.

It would be wrong to focus on the same priorities all the time, Medvedev said.

Therefore, he went on to say, he proposed the idea of modernizing the country, its economy and political system.

"We should change something in our lives - in terms of placing a stronger emphasis on the innovative way of economic development, ending our dependence on exports of raw materials, and improving the political institutions. We will be doing all of this," Medvedev said.

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