How does the Russian Government work?

With Putin as Prime Minister and Medvedev as President how does a split executive branch work? Who controls what? How do things get decided?

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    As with any government with both positions, the President's powers are largely ceremonial. He doesn't direct the operation of the government, he merely acts somewhat as a figurehead.

    Think of this as analogous to the US: the President does not actually form legislation. He directs the course of the country through acting as the public face of government, but does not actually make things happen in Congress. You can thing of the Prime Minister as the head of Congress. That's not an exact analogy, but it gives a rough idea how it works.

    It's not an uncommon form in the world.

  • Anonymous
    10 years ago


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