"The choice is made by the people, and these are not empty words -- that's absolutely the way it is."
- DMITRI MEDVEDEVRussian President, saying that voters will decide whether to reinstate Prime Minister Vladimir Putin as president, in an attempt to allay the feelings of some Russians who believe their voices don't count in a system dominated by Putin and his party
"Russia's position remains unchanged."
- DMITRI MEDVEDEV,Russian President, speaking to reporters during a state visit to the West Bank; Russia recognized Palestine's independence in 1988
"If I consider it appropriate ... I will participate in the elections."
- DMITRI MEDVEDEV,President of Russia, in an interview with Bloomberg TV, in which he said he would decide this year on whether to run for president in 2012
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