The End of Democracy in Russia

Putin’s party is said to have won nearly 63% of the vote. Putin-allied parties are set to gain nearly 17% of the vote. When the ruling party gets that high a percentage and its primary opposition is actually shut out of Parlaiment all together, that in and of itself smells of fraud…when you add in all the voting irregularities reported, it becomes pretty clear that Putin has engineered himself an absolute majority which will now be able to adjust Russian law however necessary to allow Putin to remain in power, even if he officially leaves office at the end of his current terms as President.

Its really rather sad, and extraordinarily foolish of Putin to pull this – even supposing that Putin and his party are best equipped to govern Russia equitibly (and that is a bit of a stretch), Putin should realise that all he’s done is set up a dictatorial system which is bound to suppress Russia’s ability to fully harness its resources while at the same time opening up the myriad opportunities for corruption which has always been the bane of Russian progress. Watching from afar, I get the impression of a Great Russian patriot in Putin but like all too many such in Russia’s history, Putin lacks that sense of proportion which would allow him to share power with others – Putin will, I believe, be classed with Witte, Stolypin and Kruschev who set out to remake Russia, and made a hash of it.

All we can do is class Russia as a potential enemy in world affairs, and build our alliances with Poland, Georgia and other nations on Russia’s periphery who would like very much to stay out of Russia’s grasp.

23 thoughts on “The End of Democracy in Russia

  1. Eric T December 3, 2007 / 7:59 am

    Putin could pressure Iran to stop enriching uranium and have them just buy the enriched uranium from him or the U.S. I think we don’t need to worry about Russia’s democracy as much as Chavez or Iran who vow to crush American Imperialism

  2. js December 3, 2007 / 8:04 am

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/csm/20071130/wl_csm/orussvote

    This wasnt a democratic election. It reflected the elections in the USSR, where they told you who to vote for.

    Without a free consciounce, any vote case does not mean diddly. The people are intimidated by economic loss, threatend with thier very livelihood and pay, and physical violence against thier persons and property.

    Putins government is using the same tactic’s that his KGB used in the dark ages of the USSR. Those people are not free, nor have they paid the cost of freedom.

  3. Eric T December 3, 2007 / 9:29 am

    United Russia 63.%
    Communists Primary opposition party 11.4%
    Liberal Democratic 9.6% ( terrible political party)
    Just Russia 7.2%
    All other parties 8.5%

    United Russia clearly won. Sometimes people have a hard time letting go of power. Here we have old Billdo trying to get around term limits thru having his wife run. With the Soviet Union collapsing and countries like Poland, Czechaslovakia, Hungry,Romania,Ukraine, Georgia, Belrus, East Germany, turning NATO. and opting for Western Influence. I think being an Al Gore and demanding a recount would make our country look kinda foolish. United Russia sounds like a better political party than the Communists, or Liberal Democrats.

  4. OhioOrrin December 3, 2007 / 9:50 am

    what if they gave an election & the criminals & terrorists were elected?

    oh wait, they did elect Putin & Hamas…

    “democracy” aint all it’s cracked up to be.

  5. Eric T December 3, 2007 / 10:29 am

    OhioOrrin

    The Hamas Party, there is an ambitous group of go-get-ers.

    I sure hope we never have that one on the ballot here. You never know with all the political correctness, the libs always seem so concerned with lawyers for terrorists and all that unpatriotic stuff we have seen over the last few months, it wouldn’t suprise me

  6. ervington December 3, 2007 / 11:22 am

    It’s hard for me to imagine a popular president as well. Presidents with 28% support are much more believable.

  7. Kahn December 3, 2007 / 12:12 pm

    28% ? That number smells like the ass you pulled it out of.

    How about 10% for Congress?

  8. Robert December 3, 2007 / 12:38 pm

    Irregularities in voting smells like a fraud election.

    There’s only one thing to do. Wrap it up, forget about it, and put it behind us for the good of the country.
    (It worked in the US/ OH in 2004).

  9. jay k. December 3, 2007 / 12:45 pm

    and ain’t georgie jealous of his pooty put…

  10. jugger December 3, 2007 / 12:48 pm

    “How about 10% for Congress?”

    Damn republicans dragging everyone down! Cant wait for 08!!

  11. jay k. December 3, 2007 / 1:12 pm

    you have to laugh at the far righties who jabber about a congressional rating of 10%. even the gop website shows the democrats in congress at 36%…which is above their cult leader, the president, at 31%. so when they slam a 10% congress aren’t they slamming the effect that republicans are having on this congress? the obstructionism is dragging down congress…but ultimately i have to think that they will drown first. which may explain rats like lott abandoning ship.

  12. Eric T December 3, 2007 / 1:47 pm

    Jay k.

    Do you think Nancy Pelosi is the best thing this country has ever seen? If so why?

  13. Joe December 3, 2007 / 2:00 pm

    Eric,
    can I answer? No, I don’t think Pelosi is the best thing this country has ever seen. I don’t think this Congress is all that great either. There was a post here a week or two ago about favorable ratings of the Pres and Congress. Check them out. There were polls referenced there that lay out Democrats in Congress vs Republicans in Congress and who has better ratings. I always laugh when people bring up that “Congress” is rated lower than Bush.
    Back to the post… Mr Noonan, you are making it sound like Russia is some big huge enemy that must be addressed right now. What do you want to do, attack them too?

  14. Eric T December 3, 2007 / 2:09 pm

    Hey Joe!

    I think people will like congress if they can knock down energy costs, interest rates, stop the foreclosures of homes. People start seeing wages go up. And all that good stuff they’d have better ratings. You can’t expect them to work together real well because of the election. It is ashame but true, everyone wants credit for their ideas ect.ect.. Those poll numbers are different depending on who is taking the poll. I see different numbers on just about every poll. If the gas price was 1.50 Bush’s approval rating would be over 50%

  15. Male Zampolit December 3, 2007 / 2:16 pm

    Ohio ’04? Cue the black helicopters; we’ve found Keith Olberman’s evil twin…

  16. Joe December 3, 2007 / 2:20 pm

    Wait… are you saying the economy isn’t as great as neocon and all the others on this site state???

    I agree, you turn around the economy and yes, a lot of ratings will go up. The problem is any idea that gets put forward regardless of who brings it forward is getting voted on along strict party lines. There are so few bi-partisan votes nowadays.
    So it doesn’t matter if what the Dems put forward, either the Repubs will block it or the Pres will veto it. The years of Repubs in the White House AND Congress certainly weren’t anything to be proud of either.

  17. Robert December 3, 2007 / 2:53 pm

    Male Zampolit,

    As I wrote, pay no attention to the voting irregularities in OH 2004.
    How important is assuring elections are free and fair in a representative Democracy anyway? It can’t be THAT important.

    Thanks for taking the bait.

  18. Jeff December 3, 2007 / 3:34 pm

    Wow, I guess Georgie got it wrong when he looked into “Pooty-Poot’s” eyes a few years ago. Strange, because he’s so rarely wrong, and who would have guessed that the former head of the KGB would go for an authoritarian power-grab.

  19. Dr. Troy Camplin December 3, 2007 / 4:28 pm

    Yeah, we had good news on the Venezuela front, but bad news out of Russia. Putin os old-school Soviet, and he longs for the bad-old-days. Dictatorship is not just bad for Russia — or whatever country has it — but is just as bad for America.

  20. Eric T December 3, 2007 / 5:13 pm

    Joe,

    I can agree with neacon that the economy is good. Unemployment is rather low. In some countries it can be 30% or more. The market needs to make some adjustments. Certain areas are great. If we would have been able to invest our own Social Security money in the Stock market. Some would have unbelieveable gains. The growth on Mastercard or Apple or Google was amazing the last two years. Then again Some would have bought into things at the wrong time or made mistakes and lost their money. The market can be played going up or down with options, you can make money either way. So Wall St will make out either way. The lower class like myself that has to pay the high price on the gasoline, credit card interest, ect… may view the economy completely different. When jobs are leaving to go to China and Mexico and grow their economy but over here our dollar is falling, people losing homes in record numbers. I’d say its time to hit the brakes on the free trade. Unless you want China to be the number one economy in the world. Clinton’s Nafta and Bush’s nafta is no different. Bush has a year to turn it around, if he cares about the country he will. Check out Duncan Hunter’s site. He will explain to you how China is breaking it off in our rear end.

  21. Aaron December 3, 2007 / 8:26 pm

    But but but… George W Bush, devinely guided by God, looked into his eyes and saw Putin’s “soul”. And apparently he liked what he saw.

    Maybe what W really meant to say was that he saw his “soulmate”: a guy who trashes the constitution to promote his own authoritarian aspirations.

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