Jasepl From India, joined Jul 2004, 3582 posts, RR: 36
Reply 4, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 1215 times:
I call it the process of 'Putinization.' We'll see what all that entails, and how much of it he can truly chalk up to national security. It's definately an interesting time.
Then again, it's not as if this is happening only in Russia. They might not control TV stations, but lots of nations have tried doing lots of draconian things in the name of national security. Not all have succeeded though. Some, like mine, persisted and got shown the door in the elections.
AA7771stClass From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 296 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 1212 times:
Definitely turning into a startling situation. He has effectively cut out the checks and balances of the Russian government on him and I would say that he has practically gained dictatorship. Let's just hope he doesn't join the tyrranical dictators...
L410Turbolet From Czech Republic, joined May 2004, 5870 posts, RR: 18
Reply 6, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 1189 times:
Well, since Bush and Putin are fairly chummy
As long as "Vladimir" tows the line of Bush's style of war on terror and exploits it for attacks on liberties, everything is OK. His generals even pledged to attack the terrorist preemptively - I can just imagine the Russian way of preemptiveness: "Let's carpet bomb Chechnya and while we're warmed-up let's invade the Baltic republics as well! How about that comrade Vladimir?"
Russians will even buy copyright from Ridge's Ministry of Fear for those colored terror alerts.
Putin-Bush what an awesome Axis of Evil would that be!