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Who's next for Russian president? Medvedev and Putin keep 'em guessing.

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If Vladmir Putin wants his old job as president back, Russia’s current President, Dmitry Medvedev, says it would be ok with him. And that has many worried.

Mr. Putin has, at least officially, occupied the No. 2 seat in Russia since constitutional term limits forced him to step down in 2008, following 10 years as one of Russia’s most powerful and controversial leaders. He handpicked Mr. Medvedev as his successor, and took the post of prime minister, but many analysts believe he continues to run the show from behind the scenes.

In recent weeks, speculation has been rife that Putin may seek office again in 2012 elections. The subject got a fresh boost Thursday when Medvedev, who is the United States for a G20 summit, made a public appearance at the University of Pittsburgh, Penn., reports Russia’s ITAR-TASS news service:

Asked whether he was ready to swap places with Putin after 2012 and become the prime minister, Medvedev said he was ready to work at any post if it benefits the country.
“I do not like to guess the future, but if it benefits the country I am ready to work at any post,” he said.

As ABC News points out, “[u]nder Russia's constitution, a president is allowed to serve more than two terms, but not consecutively.”


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