April 25, 2011 / 1:34 PM / 9 years ago

Russia's Medvedev speaks of life after presidency

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said on Monday that he wants to teach after he leaves the Kremlin, but gave no indication of whether he plans to run for re-election in less than a year.

Russia's President Dimitry Medvedev gestures during a news conference at the end of G8 summit in L'Aquila, Italy July 10, 2009. REUTERS/Tony Gentile

Russians and foreign investors are waiting to hear whether Medvedev, steered into the Kremlin in 2008 by his predecessor Vladimir Putin, who now holds Russia’s No. 2 post as prime minister but continues to wield most power, will seek a six-year term in a March 2012 election.

Medvedev said this month that he would decide “fairly soon” whether to seek a second term. But he avoided mention of the decision in an interview with online television service Dozhd, when asked about his plans once he leaves the presidency.

“It’s not the easiest thing — to find oneself in another life after such a position,” said Medvedev, 45. “I don’t know what I will do, I’ll tell you honestly. I’m certain I will find work, and interesting work at that.

“I would really like to have an active life — new technology, including what I have seen here, I like very much.”

Three years into his four-year term, Medvedev is still struggling to emerge from the shadow of Putin, who picked him as his favoured successor when a constitutional limit of two straight terms barred him from Russia’s 2008 presidential vote.

A former corporate lawyer and university law teacher, Medvedev said he would like to teach at Skolkovo, a high-tech business park Russia is creating to attract investment in innovation to diversify the country’s energy-reliant economy.

“As for Skolkovo, no doubt, if everything there is working well, I would certainly like to teach there,” he said in the interview, which followed a meeting of a commission charged with developing the high-tech incubator outside Moscow.

“I would like to do that not only at Skolkovo but in other places as well, because it seems to me that any politician who has headed the state simply must speak about his experience, negative and positive.”

Medvedev made a series of assertive moves and remarks in recent weeks that suggest he wants a second term.

But Putin, 58, has made clear he is considering a return to the top office. Whether he runs for president or not, he says he has intends to retain a powerful role in running the country.

Medvedev and Putin say they will consult each other before deciding who should run for president. Analysts say Putin is likely to make the final decision, and could choose a third candidate.

Writing by Steve Gutterman, editing by Paul Taylor

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