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Putin treads warily on road to reform

President Putin’s has pushed through a swathe of reforming laws, spearheading his drive to liberalization. But implementation will not be easy. Nor can it be assumed that the liberals will stay in the ascendancy. Business oligarchs and the conservatives are asserting themselves as Putin struggles to pick a way through conflicting interests.

Duma: the Russian parliament worked overtime earlier
this year, passing a flurry of reform measures

President Vladimir Putin must be feeling pleased with himself. By the time the Duma broke up for its summer holidays this year more than 140 laws touching on virtually every aspect of day-to-day life had whizzed through.

In his April state-of-the-nation speech, Putin said that he wanted to push through reform of the legal system, cut red tape and liberalize land ownership.

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