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Make Putin Our Leader Forever Urges United Russia Official!

The United Russia web site of the party which now runs Russia under leadership of Vladmir Putin is urging that the current arrangement be made permanent. Abdul-Khakhin Sultgov in an article on the web site urges that after this year’s Duma elections (the outcome is already known since Putin has effectively blocked out other political parties from having any chance of winning)he wants all political parties, public groups, officials, and so on to pledge allegiance to Putin in a new Pact of Civil Unity. A Civil Unity Council would be established which Putin would then use to rule Russia. After all, claims Sultgov, “the country has no political system” and must retain their glorious leader or the nation will collapse.

If Russia collapses because someone else is its president this suggests Putin has done a terrible job of preparing the Russian people for a democratic state. This type of hysterical groveling before the feet of the all powerful leader is reflective of Putin’s actions in crushing political opposition through manipulation of electoral laws and use of the mass media. If it is any comfort to Russians, George Washington voluntarily stepped down from the presidency and went home to his farm because he trusted the new government of America would survive with someone else as its president. Putin is no George Washington!!

Putin’s Power Drive Continues Unchecked

Vladmir Putin’s recent announcement that he was running for the Duma as head of his political party, United Russia, means the end result of its victory is allowing him to switch from being president to becoming its prime minister. To ensure that goal his party must win about 75% of the Russian vote and at least 50% in Moscow. According to Konstantin Sonin, writing in the Moscow Times, “there is no realistic way to achieve such numbers without the president interfering even more substantially in the elections than he has done already. For example, United Russia is now trying to force doctors and teachers to join the party, and that interference might reach the point where the political elite becomes concerned of the consequences.. When Russia’s elite is motivated by fear rather than political belief, it tends to behave more responsibly, which ultimately means the people’s interests are better served.”

The tragedy of Russia is the intense desire of Vladmir Putin for power, naked, unchecked power which allows this egomaniac to believe without his presence the entire nation would crumble. Putin haas convinced himself, and his political party, that one party rule under his leadership is the only way in which Russia can continue its economic progress. Putin has brought stability to Russia, but if the price is abandonment of democracy, has it been worthwhile for the people of Russia?