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Putin-supported presidential aspirant Medvedev to improve Russian social programs

Dmitry Medvedev, a presidential candidate supported by Vladimir Putin, said he will improve Russian social programs.

In a meeting with leaders of the parties that proposed his candidacy a day earlier, Medvedev said: "We need to convert the successes that have been achieved in recent years into social and economic programs."

Medvedev, as first deputy prime minister, has been prominently shown on state-controlled television addressing an array of social services concerns.

That image as a socially engaged politician would be likely to appeal to voters who feel left behind even as Russia's economy soars on oil revenues.

The Basmanny Court of Moscow arrested Michael Calvey, the founder of Baring Vostok investment fund, on allegations of embezzling 2.5 billion rubles from Vostochny Bank. Calvey will be held in custody until April 13

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