Apr 15, 2008 - Moscow, Russia - At the congress meeting, Russian President-elect DMITRY MEDVEDEV refused to join the United Russia party, which holds two-thirds majority in parliament. '...my direct participation would be premature,' said Medvedev, who will succeed outgoing President Vladimir Putin,

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Apr 15, 2008 - Moscow, Russia - At the congress meeting, Russian President-elect DMITRY MEDVEDEV refused to join the United Russia party, which holds two-thirds majority in parliament. '...my direct participation would be premature,' said Medvedev, who will succeed outgoing President Vladimir Putin, with a presidential inauguration slated for May 7. PICTURED: ID card of candidate for Russian presidency Dmitry Medvedev, on Jan. 21, 2008. (Credit Image: © PhotoXpress/ZUMA Press) RESTRICTIONS: * North and South America Rights Only *