Sacked prime minister hints at Putin challenge

Is Russia heading for an upscale version of Ukraine’s late-2004 Orange Revolution?Russian media were buzzing with the question before former Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov hinted on Feb. 24 that he might challenge the increasingly imperious President Vladimir Putin.Kasyanov chose an interesting date on which to say at a news conference he wouldn’t rule out opposing Putin in 2008. On the same day, at a summit in Bratislava, Slovakia, Putin was hearing complaints from US President George W. Bush about Russia’s recent retreats from democratic reform. And it was a year to the day after Putin fired Kasyanov as prime minister, a job he held for 4 years.Few at this point would...

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