OCCUPATION: First Deputy Prime Minister of Russia
NUMBER OF TIME COVERS: 0
PREVIOUS APPEARANCES ON THE TIME 100: 0
PRO: Chairman of the state-controlled oil and gas giant Gazprom, which sells natural gas to a host of European countries and is by far Russia's largest conglomerate. Medvedev, a former chief of staff to Putin, is also most likely the president's anointed successor.
CON: Russia has used Gazprom as a blunt tool in its aggressive moves to extract maximum profit from its oil and gas sales it shut down gas exports to European countries in the middle of winter last year. On the political front, the field for succession remains open to challengers.
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