Mar. 2 - WIth Vladimir Putin looking certain to win Russia's presidential election on Sunday, voters are asking whether he will embrace reform, or give in to the temptation to crack down on dissent.
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Russia's growing protest movement has some inventive ways of walking Vladimir Putin. Some depict him as the Russian person people mr. burns from the Simpsons cartoon. Others paint him as a Klum told -- -- often -- the movements and white ribbons looked like contraceptives. Come Monday however the protesters may have little choice but to call him Mr. President. With a lead of around 50% of his nearest rival. There's little doubt this Sunday's election will seep through to return to little jolt ultra forty is stint as prime minister. The question is what kind of has to believe the investors say his report actually office grounds -- -- His second term. Words. While less reformist and some more controversial than its first. But she was. Taking charge or Russia -- very painful crisis. And with some law namely the recovery in oil price hospitals -- home. Vision he presided or were very impressive. Fiscal consolidation. Political and economic realities may push through -- towards reform. Russian man needs oil to hold about 120. Dollars a barrel just to balance its budget. While full cost return to current federal deficits means Moscow must do something to view of foreign capital. And though the protest movement may be small it's perfectly formed. Russia's -- -- -- made up the very professionals. Who to whom lead fueled the builder Richard Strong Russia. But it's not hard to be pessimistic. Putin spent years cultivated a tough guy image and shows little sign of change. A recent crackdown on independent media combined with tough rhetoric about west on domestic faux news hardly suggest he's going salt. It's in May also -- a greater openness would cost unwelcome light on some of his own activities. This is a well too cramped -- -- Who has been the major instrument of the correction that he pretends to denounce it in his electoral platform. Why would be take the risks of -- -- dismantling the -- consistently has created. If Putin does disappoint on reform not everyone will be unhappy. Much of his support comes from voters who value stability above all else and -- still thank him for rescuing Russia from chaos. You know something cool there's no doubt that Putin will win this election -- -- the majority of the Russian population supporting him because most people have seen some improvement during his rule he's. I also want to say that employees of lukoil will vote for pollution. Why because especially during the crisis we have felt government supporters mention that I industry to overcome the crisis relatively I'm. Ultimately Russia's future may depend on which side of Putin prevails. Recent writings suggest he gets the need for change. But too much reform could expose him and his cronies to some uncomfortable scrutiny -- the choice is Putin's tonight. -- -- -- --
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