Monday, December 05, 2011
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?