Dec 23, 2011

Political Theatrics in Russia Continue

The relatively fair and thorough coverage (minus any mentions of Putin) of anti-Kremlin protests earlier this month by state-controlled television in Moscow did seem a bit puzzling. Now we may know why. According to BBC's website Medvedev has outlined "far-reaching" political changes to appointment of regional governors, registration of political parties and proposed the creation of independent media. Of course this is hard to take seriously, given that his term will expire very soon. But these gestures should be enough to temporarily assuage public anger until Putin is firmly back in power, or so the czar-duo is probably thinking.

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