Tuesday, October 02, 2007
Putin goes for the gusto
Is anybody surprised that Vladimir Putin is suggesting that maybe he'll become prime minister when his term runs out (he can't run for president again). The man is hardly anything other than a born authoritarian, but he would probably win in a reasonably fair election (though his minions will make sure it doesn't give serious opposition a chance if there's any question) and he thinks he's destined to return Russia to its rightful status as a Great Power. Speculation has been rife that whoever he designates as his successor will be his puppet anyway.