The only problem with Vladimir Putin was; who would take over when he's gone and I'm sure that bothered him as well, so everything he's doing should be seen in that context. Now tell me, does this look like the kind of leader that wants to gain more power, or one who is preparing his country for a transition? "... In a move that looks set to significantly boost the power of parliament, Vladimir Putin called for changes to the Constitution that would enable the Duma to select the Prime Minister and cabinet ministers instead of the President..." Anyway the government had to resign since it is under Medvedev and he has been removed from the position of PM. This will give the new Prime Minister the chance to form his own government. Medvedev will now be the deputy chairman of the Security Council.