March 2, 2008 / 8:20 PM / 12 years ago

Medvedev, Putin vow Russian stability, continuity

Russia's President Vladimir Putin (L) and First Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev wave to the crowd during a concert in Moscow March 2, 2008. Medvedev was elected as Russia's next president, early results showed on Sunday, after a vote that will preserve the power of his mentor President Vladimir Putin but which opponents said was unfair. REUTERS/RIA Novosti/Kremlin

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia’s likely next president Dmitry Medvedev appeared briefly on stage at a Red Square rock concert next to President Vladimir Putin, vowing to ensure stability and continue the policies of his mentor.

“We can preserve the path set by Vladimir Putin and we have every chance of doing that,” said Medvedev, who wore jeans and a leather jacket, as supporters cheered.

“The elections have taken place. Our candidate Dmitry Anatolyevich Medvedev has a confident lead... the elections were in strict accordance with the constitution,” said Putin, who wore a formal pair of dark trousers to the concert where the Kremlin chief’s favorite band, Lyube, played.

First official results and exit polls gave Medvedev a landslide victory.

Reporting by Christian Lowe, writing by Guy Faulconbridge, editing by Michael Stott

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