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Russian finance minister rebels over Putin plan

CZAR PUTIN:Alexei Kudrin’s refusal to serve in the next government with Dimitry Medvedev as PM follows news that Vladimir Putin will run for the presidency next year

Reuters, MOSCOW and Washington

The US government said it expected to keep making progress in the “reset” toward better relations with Moscow, whoever was the next Russian president.

Putin’s decision is likely to cause some nervousness in the West, where he is considered less liberal than Medvedev and more outspoken in his criticism of Western policies.

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