Current Russian Prime Minister and former President Vladimir Putin will seek the Presidency again in 2012 after being nominated by his United Russia party earlier today. He was barred from running for re-election in 2008 due to term limits, but the heavily pro-Putin parliament repealed them last year.
Does this surprise anyone?
Putin never really left the Kremlin with Dmitry Medvedev replacing him and selecting him as Prime Minister, but the two did have substantive differences at times, which usually benefited the west. However, in the end, the puppet never strayed too far from the former KGB officer.
There's now a strong chance that Putin could control/lead Russia for twenty-five uninterrupted years now. It cannot be overstated how much of a big step backwards it is for the Russian people, who only threw-off their evil Soviet overloads two decades ago, to once again be under the cusp of a authoritarian.
What say you?
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