The Old New Russian President

Все очевидно: в стране, где есть Старый Новый год, должен быть старый новый президент.

Vladimir Putin cried after the vote totals were announced.

It is too early to tell whether this is just the beginning of the election and not the victory so desperately desired or if Mr. Putin as president will lead Russia into a new era of democracy. The voting is over, for now yet the world understands that a myriad of election monitors have already labeled the vote as suspect and those charges will come from Russian monitors and European, not just those damned Amerikanski types.

65% victory. Fascinating, especially since Channel One was reporting from the election commission all night and at the highest point the margin of victory was 58% with 97 percent of vote in. That final 3% of the voting must have been quite a game changer.

Prayer works. Vladimir Putin, Christmas Eve January 6, 2012

Meeting at Pushkinskaya Plaza afterward, the opposition seemed surprised at the swift police response.

Interior Ministry troops seemed happy.

A frequent opposition banner proclaimed that a return to Stalin would be better than a return to Putin.

"Stalin better than Putin!"

 

"All hail to the Thief, But I'm Not"

Все очевидно: в стране, где есть Старый Новый год, должен быть старый новый президент. (It is all clear: in the country where there is an Old New Year, will also be an Old New President.)

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