Two as one

­Today we are talking about the presidential race

The decade’s biggest political mystery has finally been solved.Vladimir Putin kicked off his presidential bid after being nominated by the ruling United Russia party. Contrary to many analysts’ beliefs, it caused no conflict inside the tandem, as the nomination is backed by the current president, Dmitry Medvedev.The latter agreed to become the new PM if Putin is elected. That means Russia’s top political elite is unlikely to change during the next six or even twelve years. But will Russia change? What do we have to expect from the reshuffled tandem after March 2012?

We’re asking political analyst and research fellow at the Institute of World Economy and International Relations Igor Khohlov, and political columnist Dmitry Babich.