It is interesting, that so many in Europe and US like a "Bush is a fool" stereotype, but have no problem with a "Putin did everything right" stereotype. Well, to be serious, I'm also against these stereotypes. I don't think that you'll take my side in my struggle with Russia. I am trying to break a stereotype. Additionally, now I am in the US and write in my letters home about my impressions, many say that it helps them break their stereotype ;-)
That Putin will not do as Lukashchenko in Belorussia remains to be seen. Many believe that he will claim the right of a third term, because the constitution has been altered during his first term. Also it could be a referendum to allow third and fourth terms, which of course will have 90% election support. They have no electoral college, so large cities like Peterburg and Moscow rule the entire nation.
I do not disagree with what you have said, I only maintain a healthy skepticism when it comes to politics.
Russia is in it's infancy regarding political reform. It has serious problems with crime and Mafia type operations that is very comparable to the U.S. in the 30s and 40s.
Strong law and order candidates are needed during these times and that is why Putin had such appeal.
His voter base is much stronger than I had suspected. He has the mandate, it appears to make some major changes and I think it would not be good if he had a third term. We agree on that for sure.
This should be a exiting political time in Russia. I am fearful that the people of Russia are still not quit comfortable with the new politics since the fall of Communism.
They need to understand that politics is a game, and needs to be taken a bit less seriously. Otherwise, everyone will be on Prozac.:-)LOL!
Putin will not be there forever, and you can't let him rewrite the constitution to allow a dynasty. This has been tried in this country by Roosevelt. We changed our laws after he left so that it can never happen again.
Have patience.......you are doing the right thing and doing it well.