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Update :  In a “surprising” turn of events, Vladimir Putin named Prime Minister of Russia

Originally posted in March 2008 : As some of you may know, there is a very important transfer of power about to take place in the former Soviet Union. They are holding “elections” today to elect a new President – how exciting ! When Russia, China and others hold elections for top leadership there are worldwide ramifications. A superpower having a changing of the guard is normally a big deal, but not this time. It seems the resurgent Russian Bear is back to her old ways.

Vladimir Putin, the current President, basically hand-picked his successor – Dmitry Medvedev. Medvedev is “running” for President, and has the “support” of Putin. If Medvedev wins, he will appoint Putin as his Prime Minister, thus leaving him in power. Most agree that the President will basically be a “figurehead” – as is the case in this country – and that Putin will continue to wield vast amounts of power in his new role as PM. It’s no secret that Putin is power hungry – this just confirms it beyond the shadow of a doubt.

The Putin administration “allegedly” oppressed (suppressed ?) the competition to the point that labor leaders are making their members phone in after they leave the polling places to confirm that they voted for Medvedev “or else”. Children were sent home with literature to help persuade parents to vote for Medvedev. Opposition party workers were harassed to stop working for their candidate. The government has raided campaign offices, closed newspapers, and frozen bank accounts. Looks like an old dog “has returned to it’s vomit”. Welcome to Cold War v. 2.0…


Written by johntheirishman

Wednesday, 7 May, 2008 @ 8:08 at 8:08

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  1. WoW John. Didn’t know you knew so much about politics… well, I guess you know a lot about a lot though, huh? Maybe I’ll put JTI as my write-in for the upcoming election. WWJTID can be your campaign slogan!


    Sunday, 2 March, 2008 @ 17:57 at 17:57

  2. BH & mommy to be ! What is up ? We finally stopped by your parents today to pick up my gift from Trav’s dad. I had one of the IPAs – very nice ! If we use WWJTID Alysia might not be too happy with us – wouldn’t want to piss her off !!! We miss you guys a lot…


    Sunday, 2 March, 2008 @ 19:35 at 19:35

  3. Geez, are you Russian, Irishman? Throw Putin in with Augusto Pinochet, kind of the same thing. Damn dirty apes.


    Friday, 7 March, 2008 @ 21:53 at 21:53

  4. johhnyj ! As the saying goes, absolute power corrupts absolutely. Putin allegedly also amassed a small fortune while in office – over $40 BillionUSD – making him the wealthiest man in Europe…


    Saturday, 8 March, 2008 @ 7:20 at 7:20

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