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    LONDON, January 20 (RIA Novosti) - Head of the Kremlin administration Dmitry Medvedev does not see any grounds to believe that Russia will swing off the road of liberalism.

    Such fears are groundless, Medvedev assured in the article published by the Financial Times newspaper on Tuesday.

    The parliamentary elections actually strengthened the political base for continuation of democratic and economic reforms in Russia, Medvedev noted. Political stability - a major achievement of Russia in the past few years - was confirmed and legitimatized by the Russian people. In his opinion, it is of paramount importance for the economy.

    "United Russia which convincingly won the elections to the State Duma took up in some respects the initiative of the liberal parties which failed to make it to the parliament, Medvedev supposes. Liberal reforms in Russia need support by the maximally broad spectrum of political and public forces. It is only to be hoped that the liberals will not go off the political scene, largely due to the fact that millions of inhabitants of Russia share their aims, he noted.

    Medvedev also recalled that in the run-up to the elections Russian and foreign mass media gave extensive coverage to the so-called "Yukos case" (the former heads and shareholders of this Russian oil giant have now been detained on charges of tax evasion and fraud). The head of the Kremlin administration expressed the hope that a public competitive trial on this case would soon be held. Irrespective of its result, one thing should be noted: the matter does not concern "persecution of business" but equality of all before the law, irrespective of their fortune, the head of the Russian president's administration stated.

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