Russian President Dmitry Medvedev
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Russia: Medvedev urges bold political reforms

Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev has proposed reinstating direct elections of regional governors, in a far-reaching plan for political reform.

Direct elections were abolished by his predecessor Vladimir Putin in 2004, since when the governors have been Kremlin appointees.

Mr Medvedev was addressing the full Russian parliament, live on television.

Daniel Sandford reports from Moscow.

  • 22 Dec 2011