Russian Prime Minister Putin is in touch with the people and with big business as well. He is expected to retain his high office.
Russian President Medvedev demanded in no uncertain terms to participate in the European Missile Defense Shield, designed to protect against attack from hostile nations like Iran.
Cracks are beginning to appear between Putin and Medvedev heading towards the 2012 election.
European missile defense is being expanded to levels that come close to neutralizing Russian missiles.