Parliamentary democracy 'catastrophe' for Russia: Medvedev

10th September 2010, Comments 0 comments

Imposing a system of parliamentary democracy in Russia would be a "catastrophe" for the country, President Dmitry Medvedev said on Friday.

Medvedev told a meeting of international experts on Russia that his country did not want a system like that of Kyrgyzstan, which is due to elect a strong parliament in October after agreeing constitutional changes.

"We are told about parliamentary democracy and our Kyrgyz friends have gone along that path," Medvedev told the meeting in the Volga city of Yaroslavl, Russian news agencies reported.

"But for Russia -- and I fear for Kyrgyzstan -- parliamentary democracy is a catastrophe," he added.

Russian politics is dominated by the president and powerful Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, with the pliant parliament usually only providing a loyal rubber stamp for legislation proposed from above.

The Russian president has been touted by his supporters as a liberal moderniser but his critics accuse him of doing nothing to dismantle the strong state control imposed on Russian politics over the last years.

© 2010 AFP

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