Putin ready for 'dialogue' with protestors

2011-12-27 11:54
Moscow - Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is ready for dialogue with the Russian protest movement to ensure that presidential polls are fair, his old ally and ex-finance minister Alexei Kudrin said on Tuesday.

Kudrin told the Vedomosti daily that he met Putin - who has announced plans to swap jobs with President Dmitry Medvedev after the March 4 polls - on the eve of Saturday's mass rally in Moscow.

"From my conversation with Putin, I understood that he was not afraid of the March 04 elections. He is ready to take all the measures necessary to make sure these elections are fair," Kudrin told the business daily.

Kudrin addressed the protestors at the rally to urge political reform, in a dramatic move for the man whose savvy economic policies for the last decade served as one of the pillars of Putin's domination of Russia.

He said he told Putin that "urgent dialogue was needed" with protesters made up of both apolitical middle class Russians and members of the more radical liberal and nationalist forces.

"This is what I told Vladimir Putin before coming to the rally. On the whole, I understood that this dialogue was possible," added Kudrin.

Some protestors whistled and jeered the respected economist as a member of the ruling class and he looked uncomfortable addressing the huge crowd.

But analysts said Kudrin's appearance was of great importance and he could become a mediator between the authorities and protestors.

"The proposals I made at the rally were made on my own personal initiative and addressed to both sides," Kudrin said. But he cautioned: "I do not have Putin's authority to conduct negotiations."

Read more on:    vladimir putin  |  russia

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


One man's $1 million vision for an eco Africa

When you combine environment, entrepreneurship and technology its pure genius. Meet the genius behind Eco-Fuel Africa, Sanga Moses.



China's air pollution at doomsday levels
Hurricanes, earthquakes and floods – What climate change really means for us
Moving short film on ivory trade
10 Tips for Greener Shopping

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly


The pace may be slow today and you may struggle to get things off the ground level, but it is important to focus on the structure...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.