Russia’s New President

by Ryan on March 2, 2008

in Europe,Russia

While the voting is not finished over in Russia it’s safe to say that Putin’s hand-picked successor, who’s practically running unopposed by any serious candidate, Dmitry Medvedev will become Russia’s third president.  Somehow I can’t see this guy turning into a Thomas Jefferson-type 3rd President, even though on the surface he seems marginally different than his sponsor.  It is well known that he’s a Putin sycophant who’ll act like a marionette doll more often than not.  I suppose he and Putin will have an obligatory staged public moment of disagreement, but I’m starting to think that the Russian people would see right through the ploy.

Russia’s slide into a one-party democracy is nearly complete, as Putin solidified this concept during his second term.  Yes, I suppose Russia can vote for the other guy, but I have a feeling that fear, lack of competition, poor organization, cynicism, and those pesky poisonings will put votes solidly behind Putin Medvedev.

UPDATE: Medvedev officially wins.

AP photo.

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