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Podcast: The State Of The President

A boy in Vladivostok sleeps as his tablet computer shows Vladimir Putin's annual state-of-the-nation address on December 12.
A boy in Vladivostok sleeps as his tablet computer shows Vladimir Putin's annual state-of-the-nation address on December 12.
There was a lot of anticipation for President Vladimir Putin's state-of-the-nation address this week, his first since returning to the Kremlin in May.

Some media speculated he would reshuffle the government. Some reported that he would use the speech to unveil a rebranded "Putin the Wise Patriarch." Other Kremlin-watchers  thought the address would signal a pivot to more liberal policies.
 
But what everybody got instead was boilerplate. 

In the latest edition of the Power Vertical podcast, I discussed Putin's big speech and why it fell flat with co-hosts Kirill Kobrin of RFE/RL's Russian Service and NYU Professor Mark Galeotti, author of the blog "In Moscow's Shadows." Why did Putin pass up an opportunity to take the political initiative?

Also on the podcast, we discuss a recent gaffe by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, who was caught by a live microphone insulting agents of the Investigative Committee.

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by: Ray F. from: Lawrence, KS
December 15, 2012 16:20
Couple of cogent comments from this podcast. Agree wholeheartedly that certain Russian analysts need to ‘sober up’ when it comes to predicting the imminent fall of the Putin government. Given the backdrop of a financially insolvent West (EU and the US) and spreading radicalization in countries which have embraced violent democracy, many Russians continue look at Putin in a positive light.

Strong endorsement of Mr. Kobrin’s and Mr. Galeotti’s comments on the need to avoid measuring Russia by merely following Kremlin intrigues. Russia is so much bigger and better than the selfish Moscovite bureaucrats lining their pockets. Perhaps the Power Vertical ought to consider looking more intently at developments on the horizontal scale.
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by: Eugenio from: Vienna
December 15, 2012 18:03
Some valid points on the "financially insolvent West (EU and the US) and spreading radicalization in countries which have embraced violent democracy". And while all that is happening, the RFE/RL is mostly preoccupied with who called whom a "Kozöl" with how interesting/boring the latest speech of Putin was.
I mean, what did people expect that he would say? The country's GDP is GROWING at the rate of 3,5 % this year - while the Euro-zone (according to the data of the latest Economist issue) is CONTRACTING by some 0,4 %. The streets of Vienna are full of Russian tourists who do not know any more what other Western crap to buy - just to give their money out.
By the way, the govt of Spain - that has for the last 4 years been trying to sell at least some of the 400.000 appartments that have been constructed there during the previous real estable bubble and are standing empty since - is proposing a new legislative measure: The Ministry of Economy is proposing a new law - aimed, according to the media primarily at RUSSIANS and CHINESE - that will grant any foreigner who acquired in Spain real estate for a sum of at least € 160.000 a residence permit. I can already see the Russians arrive to the Spanish Costa de Azahar and slowly but steadily expell the Germans and the Brits out of there. I guess, if Putin chose to talk about this, the RFE/RL would have found his speach somewhat more entertaining :-)).
Source on the Spanish real estate for the Russians: http://www.lefigaro.fr/immobilier/2012/12/14/05002-20121214ARTFIG00501-l8216espagne-cible-les-etrangers-pour-relancer-l-immobilier.php

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