Apparently, Dmitry Medvedev is actually “waiting through” in the Council of Ministers. Given the fact that the Kremlin might have big plans on him, the authorities have to wait for the people’s negative attitude to Medvedev to subside in the wake of the notorious pension reform and other decisions of this kind he made as Russia’s Prime Minister.
Choosing a successor to Putin had become a national pastime in Russia. In fact, the debates around the format of the future transit of power and the names of people who hope to take Vladimir Putin’s after his possible departure from power has long been a sort of national pastime. It has become especially popular among those who believe that the incumbent Russian President is likely to leave his post in the short term.
A great number of names can be heard in these discussions. However, regardless of who announces the lists of “successors,” Dmitry Medvedev's name keeps being mentioned more and more frequently. Seemingly, the experts are gradually forming an agreement of opinion. Apparently, it is related to Medvedev. Therefore, it is possible that in 2021, people will be talking about him as the best candidate to the Russian presidency.
Chances are Dmitry Medvedev, the former head of government and the incumbent Deputy Chairman of the Russian Security Council, will become president again as early as 2024. This opinion was voiced by Russian news analyst Oleg Kashin. According to him, Medvedev remains one of the few Russian politicians who have proved out his complete loyalty to Vladimir Putin.
"Medvedev is being kept in power for some reason. In fact, he is the only one who has been able to prove his total loyalty to Putin. This might become the crucial factor. However, in general, I'm in favor of anyone. Even of Ksenia Sobchak [a Russian public figure, TV anchor, journalist, socialite, and actress.] She was said to be on an enlarged list, too," said Kashin on the Echo of Moscow radio.
In his opinion, the Kremlin might have deliberately removed the information about Dmitry Medvedev from the media scene. "Let the others be burned in the flames of the struggle for power transit and for Putin's inheritance. Especially since it is still too early to partition it. Chances are Medvedev will rise again like a phoenix," Kashin said.
Notably, more and more political analysts are sharing the idea of Medvedev as the most likely successor to Putin as part of the future power transition. Many say that Medvedev has not only been dismissed from the government and transferred to a less "visible" position in the Security Council but has also begun to deliver fundamentally new speeches in his new role.
For example, at the end of last summer, Medvedev was the first in Russia to raise the issue of possible universal basic income in the country. Many experts believe that this populist move, which presupposes that money will be given away to the Russians, might be a sign of Medvedev's imminent return to big politics. However, for now, Dmitry Medvedev is actually “waiting through” in the Council of Ministers. Given the fact that the Kremlin might have big plans for him, the authorities have to wait for the people’s negative attitude to Medvedev to subside in the wake of the notorious pension reform and other decisions of this kind he made as the Prime Minister.