Is A Sleeping Russian Bear Waking Up?

The Russian people for over a decade have been compelled to live in a society in which the ideas and decisions of Vladmir Putin decide what happens. Putin installed his protege, Dimitry Medvedev as president of the nation on the assumption he would be a good boy and do what he is told. President Medvedev may be awakening from the sleep of inertia. He warned against the emergence of an old fashioned communist style bureaucracy that became a modern version of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. Medvedev said it was important for Russia to have new faces in places of authority which undoubtedly was a dig at the small group around Prime Minister Putin who run the nation.

Medvedev also told the Central Elections Commission he was disturbed concerning reports there were numerous election violations in recent voting. “If there are signs of violations they should be dealt with and looked at, and perhaps some election laws and rules should be changed.” This is among the first times he has openly raised questions about the nature of elections in his nation. Who knows, maybe the sleeping Russian bear is finally waking up to the reality Russia needs a truly democratic approach to governing.

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