Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Russian President Dimitri A. Medvedev Gets The Fundamentals

NYT's Clfford J, Levy, in Moscow, interviewed Russia's new president, Dmitri A. Medvedev.

From the interview:

Mr. Medvedev often says his background as a lawyer plays a crucial role in his worldview, and when he was asked about his reputation, he returned to that theme. He said that when he was a student, he learned of the importance of the law, and of the right to private property. He said he also realized that there needed to be a struggle in Russia against what he has termed “legal nihilism.”

A leader who understands the importance of property rights and the rule of law, and attempts to implement such, can take a country a long way. This is, by far, the most important positive comment that could have been made by Medvedev.

The rest of the informative interview is here.

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