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    Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said on Thursday changes in the country's top establishment should take place, but they should not be sweeping.

    Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said on Thursday changes in the country's top establishment should take place, but they should not be sweeping.

    "I am not an ally of absurd personnel revolutions - it is just incorrect, unethical towards the people and just dangerous for the country," the president said in an interview with three state television channels. However, he said, "the process [of changes] will continue."

    Medvedev said new governors were appointed in about a fifth of Russia's regions over the last year and a half.

    "It does not mean that they [the governors] have no flaws, but they are new people, people who are ready to work in new conditions. We should give them an opportunity to take a crack. That is why we will continue this personnel management," the president said.

    He said there was a list of about 1,000 "perspective, decent, interesting people who could take high positions" in the country.

    Answering a question on the responsibility of the country's main political force, Medvedev said: "I cannot disagree with you - political parties should be responsible to the people, to the electorate, and the party which dominates the country, which won [in the elections], the 'ruling party' as it is often referred to, is certainly responsible for everything," adding that "this is its advantage and its burden."

    Medvedev said he would maintain contacts with all the country's political parties, including the ruling United Russia Party, which has an opportunity to form Russian regional government bodies and propose candidates for local governors to the president.

    MOSCOW, December 24 (RIA Novosti)

     

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