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Putin: I’m Not Going Anywhere

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Posted on Nov 13, 2007
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Although term limits require Russian President Vladimir Putin to step down in May, many, including chess wizard and opposition leader Garry Kasparov, have speculated that he will find some way to maintain his influence. Putin, it seems, agrees, saying that if his party wins the next election, he will have the “moral right to hold those in the Duma and the Cabinet responsible for the implementation”  of his policies.


AP via New York Times:

“If the people vote for United Russia, it means that a clear majority of the people put their trust in me, and in turn that means I will have the moral right to hold those in the Duma and the Cabinet responsible for the implementation of the tasks that have been set as of today,” Putin said.

“In what form I will do this, I cannot yet give a direct answer. But various possibilities exist,” he said, in response to a question from a construction worker who asked why he had decided to lead the United Russia ticket.

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By 1drees, December 1, 2007 at 7:16 am Link to this comment
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there is a BIG difference between BUllSHit & Putin, one is a stooge puppet and the other has a working brain

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By DennisD, November 13, 2007 at 9:40 pm Link to this comment
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Four, six, eight, twenty - what the hell - forever, more years !! How will Bu$hkin counter this chess move. I see a signing statement in the near future naming himself - American Gangster.

Damn, that one’s already been done, but it fits so well.

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By Scott, November 13, 2007 at 1:31 pm Link to this comment

Its just power and wealth up to its old ancient tricks.

Its a war all right, a clash, not of civilizations, but within civilizations, between the governed and governments. Humans have probably been fighting this war since it climbed down out of the trees.

‘Leaders’ everywhere seem to be consolidating their holds on power, along with a concurrent increase in military and security forces and a decrease of civil liberties. There’s probably a bunch of multi-national wealth behind the trend.

Soon enough I expect we’ll start seeing our leaders begin to give official recognition to one another. The next thing you know they’ll all be on the same board or council dictating terms from there.

I think the only way to stop the war, between us and them, is to get in-between power and wealth in a manner that makes our government completely and utterly transparent. The way to do that is outfit our elected representatives with cameras and microphones and hard-wire these to the Internet, while we still have time.

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By Ptyomkina, November 13, 2007 at 1:20 pm Link to this comment
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Agree with The Village Idiot.  Russians lived through much turmoil and and upheaval in the last 15 years, now they have some economic stability and get settle down to raising families, planning holidays and SHOPPING, why risk for another period of chaos?  Yes, there is still corruption and the richer are getting richer…but that’s just the economic model prevailing around the world.  More interesting is what is and will happen in US.  Read Naomi Wolf’s, The End of America.

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By The Village Idiot, November 13, 2007 at 11:55 am Link to this comment

Let’s watch this test-case closely for clues to how Bush might try the same thing next November. The Russian population may even honestly support Putin’s remaining in power as they probably feel the need for a proven, forceful leader to counter the U.S.‘s aggresive world agenda. Then, Bush can point to Putin’s move as proof that the U.S. needs an equally-forceful leader to counter this new de facto Russian dictatorship and voila! It’s Cold War II, fought with proxy terrorist groups instead of proxy countries so it can be everywhere, constantly.

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