Thursday, December 13, 2007

Russian democracy

A day after President Vladimir V. Putin endorsed a loyal protégé, Dmitri A. Medvedev, as his successor, Mr. Medvedev declared that he in turn would name Mr. Putin as his prime minister. So Putin, as expected, will be the real power, since Medvedev has no power base of his own (he is part of Putin's machinery) and no connections with the FSB or Kremlin.

Reminds me of a former President having his Supreme Court justices install his son as President, or the wife of a former President being installed as President after that. It's the kind of thing that only happens in a banana republic, not in a modern Western nation. Alrighty, then!

-- Badtux the Snarky Penguin


  1. Off topic, and definitely risque, but this pic seemed just right for somebody called Badtux.

  2. Did you see that the Bush Administration has endorsed Putin's farcical democracy?

  3. But of course. Farcical democracies have to stick together, y'know?

    - Badtux the Snarky Penguin


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