Putin’s Russia, Fading Fast
Public opinion polls show that only 13% of Russians (Russian-language link) believe that Dmitri Medvedev really holds presidential power in their country, even though he’s called “president.” More than twice as many think Vladimir Putin holds this power exclusively, and a whopping 78% of Russians believe Putin holds at least a share of presidential power. 64% of Russians believe that Putin’s actions are completely independent of Medvedev, while half that number think Medvedev can act independently.
Despite the scorn heaped upon the street demonstrators by the Putin regime and the Russophile rabble, a whopping 85% of Russians (Russian-language link) believe the Kremlin should listen to what the protesters have to say, yet less than 30% think the Kremlin actually is listening. If an election were held today, only 27% of Russians say they are ready to cast a vote for Putin, while a pathetic 20% are committed to voting for Medvedev.
These facts add up to just one conclusion: Russia is a dictatorship.
Since they clearly despise it, the Putin regime is scrambling rapidly to disenfranchise the people of Russia, most recently negating the election of Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov. Such attacks on regional and local leaders are more and more common, and they harken back to the bad old days of the USSR when every decision was made by isolated old men deep within the bowels of the Kremlin.
These decisions, as the report we carry in today’s issue from Vladimir Kara Murza makes clear, show unbridled contempt for the people of Russia. They show that Russia’s leaders — who are Russian themselves, they seem to have forgotten — do not believe Russians are capable of governing themselves.
They indicate that Putin’s Russia is doomed to fail just as surely as Brezhnev‘s USSR. Putin knows only one way to win an argument: Kill your opponent. He cannot argue based on facts, he cannot deliver results that impress, because he is utterly unqualified to do so. He only knows the ways of deception and violence, those are the only tools at his command. Russians were fooled for a while, but now they begin to see that Putin is no different than the idiots who lead the USSR to ruin.
Yet, the people of Russia are basically cowards, and Putin is a bloody maniac. This means that, just as in the Soviet times, there will be much suffering and bloodshed before Putin passes from the scene and Russia sinks deeper into the abyss of failure.