@The Man is Putin running again? Back to PM?
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Vladimir Putin is already planning past 2018 Russia election to ensure he?ll remain a world force | National Post
I think so too... He doesn't really have a choice, at this point. The way it has often been with many powerful dictators in Russian history, from Tsars to Communist General Secretaries; the next guy after him is prone to denounce him and blame all problems on him. Like Khrushchev did to Stalin, for example. But Stalin was already dead by then, fortunately for him. In Putin's case, he does NOT know that whoever inherits the Kremlin from him won't decide to hand him over to the Hague to try him for all the nasty things he's done in his reign; or try him himself, in a Russian court; or just have him assassinated...
So, really, his ownly way out is to rule until he dies...
How to be a dictator? First, get rid of a free press by building mistrust of it. Then install your own controlled press, that does nothing, but flatter you and your regime. Attack the government and foment mistrust of that too, making sure to avoid reminding anyone you are running to become the new government and install your own set of pals/cronies to dismantle someone else's government and make your own.
If the government one is replacing, is truly corrupt and bad, replacing it is not a bad idea, but if it is not (as in facts and figures to show it is not) as corrupt as the government that replaces it, it IS a bad idea. So far as anyone can see, the election has drained a few from the swamp and Trump, so far has planned to replace those the election drained with an even MORE group of insiders (with regard to wealthy looking to further their own wealth) than any drained from the swamp by the election. Instead of swamp full of people moderately corrupted by wealthy outsiders looking for favors, the new swamp is shaping up to be filled with not only insiders, but the wealthy outsiders that were looking to corrupt the current government to favor them.
Why pay lobbyists when you can simply appoint the heads of industries that hire lobbyists to government to do those industries and themselves favors?
Kinda like appointing Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi to head up Homeland Security and deal with ISIS.
Last edited by KnotaFrayed; 13th December 2016 at 10:40 PM.
I think Putin is pretty much untouchable at this point.
They should just declare him Czar.
In western countries he is a freedom fighting hero, but if he would live in Europe he would be part of far-right and just as outcast as he is in Russia, since he is a christian and against immigration etc..
Western hypocrisy at its best, when we talk about him positively.
I hope he refrains from drinking cocktails for the next few months, or so.......
Navalny Answers the Hard Questions with Hard AnswersMeanwhile, when asked by Ksenya Sobchak on her talk show about LGBT rights, Navalny only conceded that he thought same-sex couples should be able to register civic unions, but he was “categorically against” gays adopting children. He stumbled further by implying that in some more liberal subjects of the Russian Federation, LGBT couples might be able to obtain inheritance rights, but Ivan Rakhmetov, a legal blogger, corrected him.
“The wish to please everyone at once often plays a bad trick on politicians,” commented lawyer Roman Ostrovsky. “It often happens that prominent figures speak nonsense about areas they know nothing about but it is doubly offensive when such bloopers are permitted by specialists.” As a lawyer, Navalny was expected to know that “issues of inheritance and legalization of same-sex marriages are impossible to decide at the level of regions; such a statement is extremely illiterate from the perspective of jurisprudence,” Ostrovsky added.
Most worrisome for Navalny-watchers have been his nationalist expressions and intolerant or even hate speech about minorities. There was an uproar among some opposition members and bloggers when Navalny added his signature to a draft statement by the Coordinating Council (whose author is not known) which appeared on the eve of his sentencing, regarding the events in the city of Pugachev where a dozen Chechens were arrested in their homes after the murder of a Tatar soldier by a Chechen teenager.
FYI, in Pugachev, in Saratov region, in 2013, there was a brawl between local (ethnic Russian and Tatar) young people and migrants from Chechnya. A local, ethnic Tatar ex-Paratrooper was stabbed to death by a Chechen. This, in turn, prompted anti-Chechen pogroms.
The violence actually got bad enough that, reportedly, troops were sent into the town to restore order
Afterwards, all ethnic Chechens were forced to leave that area.
Navalny and some other Oppositioners from their Council made some provocative statements at the time. Basically said all Chechens are criminals and corrupt police are protecting their mafia...
They can find a way.
But, as long as he refrains from: cocktails, prostitution, honey traps, horseback riding in private, flying, walking to his car late at night, traveling outside the nation, AND, he remembers, or, has his chauffer to remember, to always check for bombs, and/or tampered brake systems, every time he gets in his vehicle.....maybe he will be okay.
HOWEVER....is any of that even important? Does this man have a snowball's chance in Hades of actually WINNING?