Medvedev slams Putin led Russian govt, warns of 1990s collapse

In the first sign of cracks in the ruling Russian duumvirate, President has slammed the government headed by his mentor, Premier Vladmir Putin for "unacceptable slow work " in times of crisis, even as unemployment shot over a record 8 per cent in the country.
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In the first sign of cracks in the ruling Russian duumvirate, President Dmitry Medvedev has slammed the government headed by his mentor, Premier Vladmir Putin for "unacceptable slow work " in times of crisis, even as unemployment shot over a record 8 per cent in the country.

Medvedev cautioned that if prompt actions are not taken, the Russian economy could face the danger of Soviet-like collapse of 1990s.

He criticised Putin's government for "very slow work, unacceptable in times of a crisis."

Addressing the session of the presidium of advisory State Council in Siberian city of Irkutsk on Friday, he did not directly mention the name of his mentor Putin who had last May handed reins of Kremlin to him and moved to the premier's job.

Medvedev said the delay in implementing several anti-crisis measures was "not a macro-economic problem or the consequence of global financial meltdown.

"This nothing but the sheer inability to work quickly and efficiently," he said in his televised remarks. The global financial turmoil was 'yet to hit its worst point'.

"Bad news are coming from all the regions. If the economy drops below the floor-lining, a certain critical level, Russia may face a repeat of the collapse it faced in the 1990s," Medvedev warned.

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