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Saturday, May 5, 2012 Putin returns to presidency in a changed Russia

Vladimir Putin's return to the presidency on Monday will technically give him greater powers than he wielded as prime minister. The irony is that his position will be arguably weaker than at any time since he first came to power more than 12 years ago.

In part because of the heavy-handed way in which he reclaimed the presidency, Putin finds himself the leader of a changed country, where a growing portion of society is no longer willing to silently tolerate a government that denies its citizens a political voice.

How Putin responds to the calls for free elections and accountable government will help define his next six years in office and to a great extent determine the future of Russia itself.

The pressure on Putin began to build in the months ahead of the March presidential election as a series of protests drew tens of thousands onto the streets of Moscow. Although the number of protesters has dwindled since the vote and expectations were low for an opposition rally tomorrow, the protest movement has led to real change in Russia.

In response to the demonstrations, the Kremlin has agreed to allow more political competition in future elections.

National television channels have slightly opened up, expanding beyond their role as a Kremlin propaganda arm. Even some members of the Kremlin-controlled parliament have become more willing to challenge Kremlin legislation. Equally significant, the protests have roused a new generation of Russians out of their political apathy and brought forth a civic awakening that already has led to greater involvement in local politics.

During the past four years, the presence of the younger and seemingly more liberal President Dmitry Medvedev allowed people to hope that change was possible, even though everyone understood that Putin was still in charge as prime minister.

Medvedev promised to fight corruption, make the courts more independent and modernize the economy, but in the end nothing really improved. His empty words only made the problems more obvious and fed social dissatisfaction.

When Medvedev announced in September that he was stepping aside to allow Putin to take back the presidency, many Russians were offended by the implication that their votes were considered just a formality.

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seneca Post time: 2012-5-6 15:47
Why do you keep the source of this little op-ed secret?

I am not baby-sitting anyone here, especially you! Who do you think you are in China? The only defence you know and have is to run off with your tail between your legs when challenged!  Frankly, you are not worth my salt!  
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seneca Post time: 2012-5-6 18:49
Why do you keep the source of your li'l piece of "news" a secret?

Is it yet another illegal websit ...

In the first place, who the hell are you to say what and which is a legal or an illegal piece of info. in China? It is China and China alone which can decide. As a matter of fact are you yourself, an illegal in China performing illegal activities? It is time China weed out the undesirables like your type, in the country.
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RE: Putin returns to presidency in a changed Russia

seneca Post time: 2012-5-7 12:18
Is that the best you can do - feigning ignorance? It just proves that you are not a staunch suppor ...

Why the certain out-burst of concern and goodwill towards China which you have been tramping on all this time?  It is common knowledge in this forum floor that you hated and despised China but you choose to stay on in China taking advantage of China's and the Chinese people's generousity and hospitality! You are the most despicable hypocrate that I have ever come across. Your stay in China is with deceitful agenda and purpose and you are cowardly enough, afraid of stepping out of China!
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Post time 2012-5-10 06:42:53 |Display all floors
seneca Post time: 2012-5-7 13:17
I* am who I am, li'l bubo Sans Souci the Skunk; ain't that 'nuff? If you were as great as I am...
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SMITHI Post time: 2012-5-10 05:42
Why do moderators allow this kind of barbaric primitive conduct?

No more barbaric than the sh!t we're subjected to by your supporters. If you lot are the epitome of Chinese civilization, God help China is all I can say! Thank God, none of you are that epitome and that none of you actually represent more than a tiny minority of equally disturbed people.

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