03/28/2008 02:45 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Putin Endorses Deputy Prime Minister As Successor, Seen As A Moderate

President Vladimir V. Putin endorsed as his successor today Dmitri A. Medvedev, a young protégé with no background in the state security services and virtually no power base in the Kremlin.

Mr. Putin's selection of Mr. Medvedev, 42, a first deputy prime minister, makes him the overwhelming favorite to win the presidency in March and suggests how Mr. Putin plans to retain influence after his term ends. Little is known about how Mr. Medvedev, a former law professor, might govern -- other than what can be inferred from a relationship with Mr. Putin, 55, that is sometimes compared here to father-and-son.

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