Putin signs law to allow him to pick Russian governors

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batmanRox wrote:

Oh lord… so it starts again. Russia will degrade to a state similar to what it was, and maybe worse. Democracy curtailed.

Apr 02, 2013 10:14am EDT  --  Report as abuse
bobber1956 wrote:

Communism revisited…and obama wants to do more for him.

Apr 02, 2013 10:19am EDT  --  Report as abuse
MerlinMedic wrote:

When is the coronation?

Apr 02, 2013 10:56am EDT  --  Report as abuse
cyrus047 wrote:

Slowly but surely Putin is bringing back the old failed Soviet state. Once again the Russians have shown how completely out of step with the rest of the world they can be. Pity the people!

Apr 02, 2013 10:59am EDT  --  Report as abuse
1WorldDone wrote:

Just think… When Putin declares himself king, Obama can be the first to bow down to him too…

Apr 02, 2013 11:25am EDT  --  Report as abuse
MelAnosis wrote:

Obama is jealous.

Apr 02, 2013 12:02pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Docny420 wrote:

Is this any different from our own Political Parties, Democrats and Republicans they tell us who they will let us vote for. Where are the Independents?

Apr 02, 2013 12:02pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
bobber1956 wrote:


And the media tells us who will win.

Apr 02, 2013 12:57pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
sydchaden wrote:

Heil Putin!

Apr 02, 2013 2:06pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
hexxis wrote:

All Putin has to do is strut around with his shirt off and the Russian people go gaga for him and do whatever the KGB leader says.

Apr 02, 2013 2:14pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
MikeBarnett wrote:

Putin continues to gain power because the Russian economy is working better than it did when he initially took office. Perfection has not been achieved, but Russians are returning from the West because they no longer trust the economic security of the West. This gives Russia an enhanced work force that further contributes to Russia’s economy that, in turn, contributes to Putin’s support. The Siberian oil and gas boom (China, the world’s biggest car market sits next door.) and Russian arms sales have elevated Russia’s economy.

In addition, Russia’s recent experience with democracy has been poor. Boris Yeltsin liberalized the economy without realistic controls; and the resulting chaos helped make Putin president. People hope he will improve the choosing of candidates for Russia’s governors in the same manner that he improved the economy. How many times have Americans voted for candidates (Reagan, Clinton, Obama) who promised to improve the economy? Russians are responding the same way.

Apr 02, 2013 4:21pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
mizzrebecc wrote:

I have been watching him make his power play towards eliminating democracy with very slow, methodical,and calculated minute incremental changes since he was first elected. He has incredible patience and in time more hard won reforms will be eliminated through draconian laws once again favoring those in political power vs the citizenry; they will suffer their reversal of democratic fortunes and return to a time of secrecy, suspicion, abolition of freedoms such as speech, suffrage, and minority rights. It will be so slow that the outside world will barely take notice before it is too late, as he continues the path towards an authoritarian leadership. He, like so many leaders before him, have wanted to maintain Russia’s insulation and contain the people’s rights; reverting back a time when Russia stood alone. Using the ‘Russian Character’ and citing historical reasons he will not need to even to garner support with his return to a more insular nation having since shanghaied the struggling democratic system.

Apr 03, 2013 1:34pm EDT  --  Report as abuse

Since these governors are also the power voting block of the upper house or Senate, and United Russia controls the Duma [lower house] and the regional Duma’s of each region are all under a United Russia majority and the President and Prime Minister control allocation of federal resources into all 83 provinces Czar Vlad Grozny can effectively pick his Boyars and “eliminate” resistance candidates all of which are “Western CIA/MI6 puppets”. He also controls the Justice system which has a stable 99% conviction rate, the private sector who need to supplicate themselves to obtain licenses to operate or do business w/ state owned corps., and his very cozy relationship with the hierarchy of the church who claims 90% of the population as adherents. I’d say democracy in Russia is alive and there are a system of healthy checks and balance!!! To say otherwise is punishable as treason.

Apr 03, 2013 3:01pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
CatLady83 wrote:

We have that in MI only our governor can pick everyone else below him under the guise of the “Emergency Management.” It’s awesome when democracy gets overridden. And the great thing is no one in MI seems to care.

Apr 04, 2013 9:04am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Sypin wrote:

Practically speaking, this makes no difference. Since 2004 you had governors appointed by the Kremlin. Then they reintroduced direct elections in 2011, but in a severely neutered format. It was next to impossible to get on the ballot without central approval, which was only given to official “stand-in” opposition candidates. It would also be impossible to get any TV or newspaper coverage if you were not an approved candidate. Even if someone somehow managed to get through these “filters” and effectively challenge the Kremlin candidate, then the Kremlin still had its hand on the last, most effective, lever – the creative counting of votes. So this new law by Putin changes absolutely nothing.

Apr 07, 2013 5:32am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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