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Medvedev's Oil: The Burdens of Great Wealth and the Potential for Coping with Them

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Observers have long recognized that Russia’s oil wealth handed Vladimir Putin’s regime numerous political and economic advantages, along with a range of potential troubles. President Dmitry Medvedev inherits the same natural endowment with similar opportunities and dangers. Medvedev, however, operates in a different context than Putin in terms of economic environment, international politics, and his own sources of authority. This memo explores the petroleum-related difficulties he is likely to face and the ways in which he might best respond to them. [...]

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Chair, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science
Kent State University