Opinion

Russia Lengthens Presidential Tenures

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, left, and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin seen during their meeting in Moscow's Kremlin, Russia, Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2008. Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev signed a constitutional amendment Tuesday extending presidential terms in the country from four years to six, a change that many suspect is intended to benefit his predecessor - and possible successor - Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. (AP Photo/Mikhail Klimentyev, RIA Novosti Kremlin)