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Question: Candidates for the post of the IMF managing director are now being discussed. Whom would you support? And what is your attitude towards the scandal surrounding Dominique Strauss-Kahn? Was he framed for political reasons?

Vladimir Putin: I don’t know much about the possible political reasons and don’t even want to touch on this issue, but it really is hard to believe that everything is as it was initially presented. I just can’t believe that – it is beyond me to understand it.

As for the candidates, different ones are being discussed. At the EurAsEC summit, we suggested the head of the Kazakhstan Central Bank. He is a very good specialist. Now our European partners are discussing the candidacy of the French finance minister. She is also a good choice. The decision must be made in a different place and at another level. However, the French candidacy is very serious.

May 27, 2011

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