Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Most Bizarre Elections = NO Elections As 2 Men Decide In Sauna Which Of Them Will Be President, Not Russians

Posted by Info on 04/07/2011

All the two leaders are willing to reveal is that they’ll reach a decision together, at the appropriate time.

Putin, Russia’s president from 2000 to 2008, handpicked Medvedev. Now Putin could legally return to the presidency two more times – conceivably holding office until 2024, since one of Medvedev’s first legislative initiatives was to extend presidential terms from four years to six.

While the choice between Medvedev, 45, and Putin, 58, may affect the career paths of individual ministers, it won’t change anything for ordinary Russians. The two leaders themselves have repeatedly rejected the notion that there are significant differences between them. More importantly, it’s a foregone conclusion that the candidate with Putin’s name – or endorsement – will win the presidency. The top-down “power vertical” that Putin built as president endures, guaranteeing election results and locking out genuine opponents.

Not even Medvedev has much say. He owes his current job entirely to Putin. Although Medvedev made modernisation of Russia’s corrupt, oil-based economy the catchword of his presidency, he has little to show for his efforts. More than once he has presided over tragicomic government meetings complaining that ministers ignore his orders.


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