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"Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable" ~ President John F. Kennedy

Monday, September 26, 2005

Putin Strenthens Democracy

In another shrewd move, Vladimir Putin gave the nod to a bill drafted by his envoy to the Southern Federal District, Dmitrii Kozak.

According to Russian Television, the bill will give the Prez the opportunity to take back the authority to appoint local officials and decide how to spend federal funds from federation leaders, 'unable to improve socioeconomic conditions despite receiving huge state subsidies'. Basically, Putin does not feel his ability to handpick governors is centralisation enough. Now he will reserve the right to take away their power, should they be unable to use it as wisely as Russia's Tsar can.

As many before me have said, one of the main problems with Putin assuming power (aside from the fact that he is nothing more than a mid-level bureaucrat out of his depth) is that he doesnt have the physical time to oversee all this control. Therefore the aforementioned regions fall into even greater problems. Still at least hes not gonna stand for a third term aye........


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