According to, Igor Yurgens, one of Medvedev's most trusted aides, Putin has kept most of the presidential powers with him. "There are difficulties in having a very strong president and a new but not so strong - bureaucratically, I mean, not intellectually - president," Yurgens told European business executives at a conference in Moscow," said Yurgens. "Things are in a state of flux." Telegraph quoted him as saying.
Critics who had suspected Putin's swap was little more than a power grab are surprised by Yurgens's comments .They also believe his power swap was to manouvre around the Constitutional prohibition that prevented Putin from serving a third presidential term.
He has created a Soviet-style presidium that includes a defence, foreign and interior ministers who will report to him rather than to Medvedev.
Putin's announcement of major policy initiatives has dominated state television news coverage.
It included a 240 billion pound programme to overhaul Russia's dilapidated transport infrastructure.