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« on: September 24, 2011, 03:38:16 PM »

http://news.yahoo.com/putin-run-russian-presidency-2012-113657360.html

Return of the world's most powerful dictator ... not that he ever went away.
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« Reply #1 on: September 24, 2011, 03:54:22 PM »

Was anyone not expecting this?
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« Reply #2 on: September 24, 2011, 04:04:41 PM »

"Dictator" is a (slight) hyperbole.

Russia is a illiberal democracy with a one-party dominant system.

But it's what a majority of Russians want, apparently. Which is of course what makes it both  "democratic" and "unfree".
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« Reply #3 on: September 24, 2011, 06:17:25 PM »

for me, Putin is a dictator. Not the most powerful, however. Chinese prime minister is.
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« Reply #4 on: September 25, 2011, 12:24:43 AM »

for me, Putin is a dictator. Not the most powerful, however. Chinese prime minister is.

China is more powerful than Russia but Putin is more powerful than any one person within the Chinese government.
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« Reply #5 on: September 25, 2011, 01:02:07 AM »

Putin could still be defeated if he lost the confidence of the people.
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« Reply #6 on: September 25, 2011, 01:51:08 AM »

Even before Putin, Western-style democrats had it very hard in Russia. However, he made sure that it would be virtually impossible for any democratic opposition to arise in the future. As a result, Soviet-style communists and ultra-nationalists remained as the only significant opposition.

The end result is that Russia has a multi-party system without any democratic parties in which Putin looks like the least of all of evils compared to the alternatives at hand. Very clever of him.
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« Reply #7 on: September 25, 2011, 10:39:16 AM »

Putin could still be defeated if he lost the confidence of the people.

But it would require an uprising, not merely an election.
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