|Honestly, it's kind of hard to|
imagine a guy like this losing.
I mean, aside from the fact that there are allegations of voter fraud, isn't it a little strange that this man will have managed to stay in power 16 years once this term is up? "No, look at FDR." I guess it's a similar situation. Russia hasn't been doing all that well lately. They'v resorted to selling a lot of their older military technology to China (Sovremenny anyone?), and although they generate a lot of revenue from their natural resources, it's not like the people are living large.
|This is how Russians campaign against their opposition.|
And we're talking voter fraud, not election fraud. Some people said they observed carousel voting, meaning people voting multiple times. Even if every person out of that 9% voted 3 times each, that still would have been 1.9 million people that had to be organized enough to do this.
|Putin is in red, the democratic process is in blue.|
So what does this all mean? Well, I think it means that the Russian people aren't as post-Cold-warish as we'd like to think. The Communist party had the second highest plurality of votes in the Legislative elections, and there are three nationalist parties. There's still a strong sense of nationalism running through Russia, and Putin represents stability and prestige for the country.
Toss in the fact that Putin is ex-KGB, then you have some good old-fashioned reasons to distrust Russia and the intentions of her leader. It will be interesting to see where things go after his current 4 year term.