Uwe Klussmann, Der Spiegel | May 7, 2008
Former Yeltsin supporters are rallying around Medvedev in the hope of setting Russia on a new, more reconciliatory course with the West. ++ After years of symbolic resistance and support of anti-American regimes, Medvedev wishes to cut down on corruption and hard-line policies vis-à-vis its regional neighbors. ++ His biggest challenge is Putin. ++ The coming months will reveal if Medvedev can fulfill his constitutional mandate as head of state, or simply cowers in the shadows of Russia’s new prime-minister-designate.