Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has decided to take a huge gamble and actually allow the semblance of a free election. I assure one and all the outcome is already planned–he will win, but the former KGB guy seeks to allow an opponent to surface. He is running for president, once again, and naturally, hopes to run for president again and again and again. He will most probably not seek the office in 2036. Putin told the media it might even emerge that his opponents get sufficient votes to prevent him from garnering the normal 85%.
“There is nothing horrible about a runoff” even though it might result in a “certain destabilization of the political situation.”After all, how could those counting ballots proceed if he does not get his normal 85%? It would destabilize the entire vote counting procedure if some opponent got more than 15% of the vote.