"Russia is very often criticized. Sometimes the criticism is well deserved, sometimes absolutely not." ... "Russia is rebuked for the lack of democracy, totalitarian tendencies, weakness of legal and judiciary systems."
"Today we are the way we are, and let me tell you that Russia indeed faces many difficulties in building the rule of law, in creating a modern state of the economy ..."CNN's report, which stated that Medvedev's remarks were aimed at "pushing foreign investment in Russia," included quotes from Medvedev wherein he states that Russia is "willing to receive friendly advice" but does not need "lecturing."
Bloomberg Businessweek ran an interesting interview last week with Medvedev on investment and security in Russia. Medvedev touches on the challenges that Russia faces as it modernizes:
"What's missing? More common things like infrastructure, business infrastructure, and legislation to properly regulate that business activity are missing. The official establishment, the bureaucracy, lack proper legal consciousness. And a well-developed judicial system is missing. Once we have all that, and provided there is no corruption, it would mean that Russia is ready to steam ahead along its modernization track."