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    Default PUTIN DISSOLVES RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT.

    This ought to be on all the news outlets by now. Vladimir Putin has sent his government packing, leaving him with essentially absolute power until he decides otherwise.

    It'll be interesting to see what happens next. If I were living in Poland I'd be nervous.

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    This could be as close to a typical dissolution of parliament as is possible in Russia. Wire reports indicate the strongman's intention to ensconce a protégé in advance of elections. While not exactly the gesture of a democratist, that is far from a protraction of Putin's rule -- let alone a total consolidation of power.

    Poland, for its part, has nothing to fear from a broken-down military.

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    Well, good. Thank you for the perspective.

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    Doesn't anyone have an relevant articles? I found some that said that he appointed a nobody Prime Minister (which I pretty much expected, puppet style), but I would like to see where the dissolution of gov't info is coming from.

    I remember taking a Politics of Russia/CIS class two years ago and my professor telling us that he expected Putin to either put a puppet in power or change the constitution to extend his term. All that he's done isn't necessarily bad, but it is bad for democracy (which may or may not be a good thing in a nation used to dictatorships).
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    Thanks.

    I would hate to be a leading member of the opposing party in the future.
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    Errmm... I read that article and about a half dozen more. What is so alarming about this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ptgatsby View Post
    Errmm... I read that article and about a half dozen more. What is so alarming about this?
    The fact that someone who may have poisoned his competitor, and a critic, and is in charge now of a Nuclear weapons, as well as The Father of All Bombs possibly without safeguards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ptgatsby View Post
    Errmm... I read that article and about a half dozen more. What is so alarming about this?
    Subsequent reading has informed me that this isn't quite the coup I first thought it to be, but a legal (if unusual) turn of events. Analysts seem to agree that it's a process by which Putin can maintain influence after his term as President has expired, until the statutory four years have elapsed and he can run for President again.

    So, to answer your question, 'nothing much.'

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    Quote Originally Posted by ygolo View Post
    The fact that someone who may have poisoned his competitor, and a critic, and is in charge now of a Nuclear weapons, as well as The Father of All Bombs possibly without safeguards.
    Hmmm, I didn't read that in any of the articles...

    Quote Originally Posted by oberon67 View Post
    Subsequent reading has informed me that this isn't quite the coup I first thought it to be, but a legal (if unusual) turn of events. Analysts seem to agree that it's a process by which Putin can maintain influence after his term as President has expired, until the statutory four years have elapsed and he can run for President again.

    So, to answer your question, 'nothing much.'

    Ok I was starting to doubt my ability to understand things.

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