On March 3, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed an unprecedented decree #295 “On the status of the newly elected President of the Russian Federation”, Kommersant daily reports.

In line with the decree, till the beginning of May 2008, the post of Dmitriy Medvedev is called “the newly elected President, who has not occupied his post as yet”.

The Russian Presidential Administration was ordered to provide the maintenance of the activities of the “newly elected President, who has not occupied his post as yet”. This provision means that the Presidential Administration should work for not only the incumbent President Putin, but also for  newly elected Medvedev.

The Federal Guards Service of Russia was ordered to provide “the newly elected President, who has not occupied his post as yet” with state guards for the period before the official announcement of his taking the post.