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Podcast: The Countdown To Putin 2.0

Dmitry Medvedev and his predecessor as president, Vladimir Putin, attend Medvedev's inauguration festivities at the Kremlin in Moscow on May 7, 2008.
Dmitry Medvedev and his predecessor as president, Vladimir Putin, attend Medvedev's inauguration festivities at the Kremlin in Moscow on May 7, 2008.
More than half a year of political turmoil reaches something of a conclusion on May 7 when Vladimir Putin is inaugurated as Russia’s president for the third time in 12 years.
 
But the wild ride that began with the announcement at the United Russia congress in September that Putin would return to the Kremlin has left behind a dramatically changed country in its wake.
 
The decision was not universally welcomed by the Russian elite, which now finds itself deeply divided over fundamental questions, like how the country should be governed.
 
Adding to the general zeitgeist of change, the previously apolitical urban professional and creative classes have gotten into the act, demanding political reform.
 
The countdown to Putin 2.0 is under way.

In this week's edition of The Power Vertical Podcast, I sit down with my regular co-host Kirill Kobrin to discuss how Russia’s paramount leader will govern under these changed circumstances.

Also on the podcast, we discuss outgoing President Dmitry Medvedev's legacy.

Listen to or download the podcast below, or subscribe to The Power Vertical Podcast on iTunes.

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by: Eugenio from: Vienna
May 04, 2012 21:18
Vladimir Putin is going to be inaugurated as the President of Russia???? Strange, I have regularly read "articles" published by RFE/RL back in January and February this year and thought that he actually had absolutely no support among the population and for this reason was going to suffer a "humiliating defeat" in the presidential election in March :-).
Well, but maybe you, guys, can try to unseat him the next time - 6 years from now. By then NATO will have for sure won the war in Afghanistan, will have removed Assad from Syria, Ahmadinejad from Iran, Chávez from Venezuela, Fidel from Cuba (ah, right, the death of the latter two statesmen has been already been announced by the "free media" 245245 times), not to forget about Lukashenko, Yanoukovitch, Kim Jong Un, Mugabe and Hu Jintao. And thus by that time NATO will have more resources to dedicate to the never-ending exercise of removing Putin from power in Russia - at least in the heads of RFE/RL readers :-).
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by: Jan from: Brno
May 05, 2012 10:52
Eugenio spouts: "Vladimir Putin is going to be inaugurated as the President of Russia???? Strange, I have regularly read "articles" published by RFE/RL back in January and February this year and thought that he actually had absolutely no support among the population and for this reason was going to suffer a "humiliating defeat" in the presidential election in March"

I read no such articles. It was always assumed he would win. The question was by how much and how Russian politics was changing. Eugenio constantly attempts to set up imaginary windmills making claims he can ridicule, but as with the original Don they are mostly in his mind.
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by: Eugenio from: Vienna
May 05, 2012 18:57
Aha, now it is three of you with short memory: Eli, Shahid and Jan who absolutely remember "no such articles" :-))). Well, Jan, if you happen to forget things that easily, I am afraid only a very good professional in the field of memory disorders can help you cope with the syndrom. And, by the way, given the progressive nature of the desease you'd better seek assistance already now:-)).
Cheers from Vienna, Jan, and I see you keep "discovering the world" - by moving from Prague to Brno :-)).
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by: eli
May 15, 2012 10:44
Well, Eugenio, I think this sums up what you "fail to remember":

From December 5: "Moreover, Vladimir Putin will easily be elected president in March. Despite the growing and very real public disillusionment with his rule, Putin remains the most popular politician in the country. And in the time between now and March, the Kremlin will -- no doubt learning from this experience -- become more adept at using its administrative resources more effectively to make sure there are no similar embarrassments in the presidential election."

http://www.rferl.org/content/nothing_has_changed_and_everything_has_changed_russia_putin/24412572.html

by: Mark from: Victoria
May 06, 2012 02:55
Look at the picture of the two men. Dmitry Medvedev has shoulders like a brook trout, and looks like he lets his mother pick out his clothes. He was made to be mocked, and probably that's a large part of the Russophobes' disappointment that Putin will be in the driver's seat once again, despite Medvedev being far from stupid.

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