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The Putin in Sheep’s Clothing
Posted by: McQ on Friday, November 07, 2008

The fog begins to lift and the plan to manipulate of "democracy" in Russia in Putin's favor becomes more apparent:
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev could resign from his post in 2009 to pave the way for Vladimir Putin to return to the Kremlin, Vedomosti newspaper reported on Thursday, citing an unidentified source close to the Kremlin.

Medvedev Wednesday proposed increasing the presidential term to six years from four years, a step the newspaper said was part of a plan drawn up by Vladislav Surkov, who serves as Medvedev's first deputy chief of staff.

Under the plan, Medvedev could implement changes to the constitution and unpopular social reforms "so that Putin could return to the Kremlin for a longer period," the newspaper said.

"Under this scenario Medvedev could resign early citing changes to the constitution and then presidential elections could take place in 2009," the newspaper said, citing the unidentified source close to the Kremlin.
So Medvedev takes one for the Putin-team by enacting unpopular social reforms and implementing changes to the constitution that gives Putin the opportunity to be the white knight by running again for two successive 12 year terms.

That's enough to make a Democrat swoon in admiration. [/snark]

But if true, it certainly shows Putin's true colors. Remember, democracy is a process, not an end-state. And like any process it can be manipulated and subverted to arrive at a particular end-state. See Venezuela and soon, it appears, see Russia.
 
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