BARVIKHA (Moscow Region), April 8 (RIA Novosti) -
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev told the pro-Kremlin United
Russia party on Wednesday that it needs to make greater use of
the Internet in getting its message across.
"Those... who dictate trends on the Internet will have the
political force in the future. If a political party fails to
engage with the Internet, it will die out," Medvedev said at a
meeting with United Russia leaders.
The president also warned of political forces seeking to
use the Internet to create tensions in Russia.
"We know the potential the Internet has both for
supporting constructive initiatives and for escalating
tensions, for those that seek to do this," Medvedev said.
The ruling United Russia party has 315 seats in the
450-seat State Duma, the lower house of parliament. Prime
Minister Vladimir Putin became its chairman after stepping down
as president early in May 2008.