Such a bait-and-switch would be more difficult to engineer a second time. At the end of another presidential term, Putin will be 71 – an unlikely age to cede top office but stay on in a subordinate role. It would be particularly difficult to find a sufficiently compliant stand-in. Even Medvedev, who has continued to serve as Putin’s prime minister, cannot be counted on to be so accommodating once again. … [Read more...] about Russia News: Could Vladimir Putin’s Expected Election Win Mean Changes To Term Limits?
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“Russian politics was rife with images reinforcing the masculinity of the regime’s leadership, not only those reflecting Putin’s endless series of macho acts (riding a Harley Davidson with a Russian motorcycle gang, shooting a Siberian tiger, flying a firefighting helicopter to quell the forest fires that choked Moscow in summer 2010, etc.), but also images emphasizing attractive young women’s support for the regime as it strove to remain in power,” wrote Valerie Sperling in her book Sex, Politics, and Putin. … [Read more...] about Vladimir Putin Says He’s a ‘Decent Person’ and Decent People Get Married: ‘I Will Have to Do It Someday’
“We must harshly intercept attempts to draft minors… in illegal public events but also in destructive organizations that include religious organizations, totalitarian sects preaching ideas such as neo-paganism, occultism or satanism,” Patrushev said, according to state news agency RIA Novosti. … [Read more...] about Satanists, Spies Are Turning Young Russians Into Extremists, Says Putin Aide
Russia is known for using Interpol against its enemies and has also used the global police organization to pursue, as described by many western nations, as a vendetta against Browder. From 2012 to 2015, Putin tried to put Browder three times on the Interpol list but failed in his efforts. … [Read more...] about Who is Bill Browder? Putin Critic Says His US Visa Was Revoked
Indeed, Putin in many ways has never been stronger. Surging oil prices in the wake of Trump’s new crackdown on Iranian oil exports promise to all but neutralize one of his few vulnerabilities: Western sanctions over his seizure of Crimea designed to cripple Russia’s economy and the foundations of his power. With oil — a major Russian commodity — on the rise, Putin now has the means to continue to work his will everywhere from Syria to Eastern Ukraine with little fear of further repercussions. … [Read more...] about Why Putin is a better match for Kim Jong Un than Trump is ǀ View