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Putin Names Medvedev Next President Of Russia

In a surprising move, President Vladmir Putin publicly announced his choice of First Deputy Prime Minister Dimitry Medvedev as the next president of Russia. Due to Putin’s overwhelming popularity there is little doubt his choice will be elected in elections to be held in a few months. Medvedev was announced as the choice of United Russia, and Putin added, “I completely and fully support this proposal.” According to Lila Shevtsova of the Carnegie Moscow Center, “Medvedev is not an extremist. He is not known for any kind of harsh views on politics, and apparently Medvedev better suits Putin’s view of how to achieve continuity.”

The real issue is what will Putin do now that he has essentially selected the next president of Russia. Will Putin try to become prime minister and use that position to maintain his power? Will he gracefully step off the stage of power and allow a new person to assume that position? The selection of Medvedev marks the end of anyone running Russia who lacks ties to the old Soviet system. Putin was a KGB man and placed hundreds of fellow KGB people in important government positions. If Medvedev assumes power will he edn the KGB’s power within the Russian government? There are many questions without answers.

Putin Third Term Loophole– Listening, President Bush!

A little known loophole has been uncovered in Russian electoral law which might enable President Putin to run for a third term. The current law forbids more than two consecutive presidential terms and states if a sitting president resigns, he can not run for the vacated seat. But, the constitution is silent on the question as to what happens if a president resigns, allows someone else to fill out his term, and then runs for office in the following election. Rumors are circulating around Moscow that President might be considering this option, He has already indicated that if someone else assumes the presidency, he most probably will become prime minister and continue wielding power behind the scenes. Alexander Shokhin, a leading business figure told the press, “It is quite possible for Putin to run as a candidate for the presidency in the 2008 election” if he resigned prior to the completion of his term of office. Many businessmen trust Putin as a figure who has brought stability to Russia. They apparently are more interested in stability than democracy.

Perhaps, George Bush might explore this option. What if he resigned prior to the completion of his second term? Could he then run for president in the 2008 election? I am certain Democrats would welcome such an opportunity to run against the president.

Human Rights Endangered In A Putin Led Russia

Human Rights Activists in Russia were shocked at President Putin’s announcement he was running for Parliament and would “consider” the position of being premier of Russia. It is now clear Putin will place a stooge in the office of president of Russia, someone he can control and desires being controlled. Russia will become a one party state in which Putin’s United Russia party controls all government positions. As human rights activist, Oleg Orlov put it: “Now, it appears that we are turning back to something that is strikingly reminiscent of our Communist Soviet past.”Putin and the cadre around him all belonged to the Communist KGB secret police. They were raised in a one party state and obviously believe that form of government best serves both their and the nation’s needs. Putin has failed to become a great leader by manipulating the system in his drive for power.