According to political scientist Tatyana Stanovaja, the decision to drop the former prime minister is a logical step. Medvedev was long regarded as Putin’s political protégé, but now he has become a “toxic person” and a danger to the party. Putin sacked him as head of government at the beginning of last year because of the severe economic crisis.
Putin himself also acted as the leader of United Russia in the past. It is customary for the ruling party in the Kremlin for the most important politicians to be at the top of the list of candidates and to hand over their seat in the Duma to a party member after the ballot.
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