Monday, December 05, 2011

Perception Vs. Reality 

Vladimir Putin cultivates an image of strength, of a bare-chested athlete who controls the world around him.  Thus, the reality of the vote in Russia must have come as a shock.   Even with alleged vote fraud, he wasn't able to gain an overwhelming majority.  All those photos of him roughing it in the Russian Outback, playing the super-man, haven't gone down well with the public.  One might think he would abandon that approach and work harder at the down and difficult political game of satisfying voters -- i.e., true PR rather than publicity.  Time will tell, but could it be that democracy is finally arriving in Russia?  


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