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Guess Who Runs Russia?

Officially, Russia is a democracy. It supposedly is a nation which has free elections, and the people elect a president who has real power and a prime minister who allegedly reports to the president. At least that is what the official terms of the Russian constitution reveal. A year after Prime Minister Putin stepped down from the presidency in accordance with term limits for a president, almost half of the Russian people still believe he is the one who wields real power in the nation while his protege, Dimity Medvedev does something, but certainly does not act with any real power in his role as president of the nation.

Ironically, in a poll taken before the 2008 presidential election only 25% believed Putin would maintain his iron grip on power, but it is clear, Medvedev has failed to exercise the power which legally belongs to him. Only 12% of people surveyed believe Medvedev is the real leader of their nation. Welcome to Putin Russia.

On The Russian Trail Toward Authoritarian Government

In the glow of the overthrow of the Soviet Union, the Russian people looked forward to an era of democracy in which they finally after centuries of fighting to end authoritarian government would be able to taste the joy of living in a free society. The Putin era of kleptocracy made millions of Russians angry at what they considered to be the essence of capitalism and democracy. During the intervening years, Vladmir Putin brought stability to his nation, but the price was the end of a vibrant democracy and its replacement by a few men in charge who knew what should be said and what should be done. Santa Vladmir came on the scene with his merry little elf, Dimitry, and they both have decided the last thing Russians need is a democratic society.

The Federation Council of Russia, all 142 obedient little elves voted to extend the Russian presidency from four to six years as well as extending the Duma term from four to five years. This will enable Father Vladmir to return as president in a few years and once again do formally what he does informally-rule Russia. This important constitutional amendment was proposed a month ago by President Medvedev and passed within sixty days. Such is the working of democratic government in the era of Vladmir the First.

From Kremlin Critic To Insider

Prime Minister Vladmir Putin has never forgotten the basic rule of any dictatorial regime-it’s easier to buy them off than to fight them off. Former Union of Right Forces head Nikita Belykh who has been fighting to restore democracy in Russia has decided it is a lot more comfortable being on the inside than the outside. He has been appointed Governor of the Kirov region by President Medvedev. Belykh said he was accepting the appointment because it was “very interesting from a professional point of view” and it is a “big challenge.” Of course, it is a big step upward to a position of power. He also believes those who are fighting the Putin-Medvedev clique are really not going to get power in the coming years.

Putin is a clever semi-dictator who comes across as a man of the people and who uses thugs to carry out the dirty work of power by getting rid of those who might cause trouble. Belykh said he met with a key government leader and they discussed “my cooperation with the authorities within the executive power.” Welcome to the club, Nikita.

Solitary Tap Dance Or Duet In Russia?

Dimitry Medvedev won the presidency of Russia on a promise he would share governing the nation with his belove mentor, Vladmir Putin. The concept of shared leadership has rarely been characteristic of the Russian way of life. Joseph Stalin began as part of a shared governance process but it soon evolved into one man rule. After his death, there were efforts to make the Politburo a powerful shared power arrangment, but, invariably one man rose to the top. Will the Medvedev-Putin duo alter the course of Russian history?

There is no question for the coming year Medvedev will have a close working relationship with his mentor and frequently defer to Putin’s judgment. But, after a year or so visiting in foreign lands, being accepted on an equal power basis with world leaders, the young man from St. Petersburg might undergo a slight change of heart and gradually develop a sense of being the man in charge of Russia.

Putin put his stamp on the presidency which is a powerful position in the Russian government. At the moment, Medvedev is in the honeymoon of friendship and collaboration but what happens when they differ on a point? Does the president make clear to the prime minister who has the power or does he abandon power? Only time will tell, and if the past offers clues about the future, one can forsee in a few years President Medvedev doing a solitary tap dance of power.