Putin did not run for a third straight term as president, which would have violated the Constitution. But analysts have speculated that he and Medvedev could alternate the posts of president and prime minister without ever formally defying the law.
In Russian society, that prospect has revived an almost forgotten genre, the political anecdote, which flourished around kitchen tables in Soviet times.
('Putin agrees to lead United Russia. Announcement points to power-sharing with Medvedev', 16.04.08)