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Russia's top senator under fire for scolding Putin

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Feb. 3, 2010, 5:33 p.m. | Russia and former Soviet Union — by Reuters

Long-time Putin ally Sergei Mironov, who is speaker of the upper house of parliament, said in a show on state television that Putin's handling of the crisis had not been perfect and that he no longer supported every single Putin policy.

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MOSCOW, Feb 3 (Reuters) - Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's party threatened on Feb. 3 to sack Russia's top senator for publicly criticising the former Kremlin chief over his handling of the economic crisis. Long-time Putin ally Sergei Mironov, who is speaker of the upper house of parliament, said in a show on state television that Putin's handling of the crisis had not been perfect and that he no longer supported every single Putin policy.

Few Russians in positions of power dare to openly criticise Putin, who remains the country's paramount leader nearly two years since stepping down as president, and Mironov's comments provoked a barrage of rebukes from Putin's ruling party.

One Putin loyalist compared Mironov -- who leads a rival pro-Kremlin party -- to a rat and accused him of turning on his patron. Analysts, however, said the row was more due to campaigning for regional elections next month than a genuine rift within Putin's inner circle.

"The only reason he has a political career is due -- as he has said himself -- to the fact that his was a warm supporter and admirer of Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin," Andrei Isayev, the first deputy head of United Russia's ruling council.

"Mironov thinks that the situation has become shaky because of the crisis and he is trying to run from the ship like a rat. But he has forgotten that the ship is not sinking."

Mironov, who once called for a change to the constitution to allow Putin to stay on as president for a third term, said United Russia simply could not take criticism.

Mironov's Fair Russia party is widely seen as a Kremlin creation meant to attract voters who are unwilling to support United Russia and to bolster the nation's claims to a thriving multi-party system.

"Mironov may make some mildly critical statements in relation to Putin but he always underlines that he deeply respects Putin and considers him the foundation stone of Russia's political system," said Alexei Mukhin, who directs the Moscow-based Centre for Political Information.

Putin, since stepping down as president in May 2008, has taken personal charge of state efforts to allay the impact of the worst economic slump since the mid-1990s, though opinion polls show he remains by far Russia's most popular politician.
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Anonymous Feb. 3, 2010, 6:09 p.m.    

Not a good move.

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Anonymous Feb. 3, 2010, 6:14 p.m.    

Somebody better start criticizing Putin, or the world is going to have another dictator. If you don't think that Putin wants to take over Russia, you're kidding yourself. Matter of fact, I think he wants to take over the western hemisphere.

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Anonymous Feb. 3, 2010, 6:30 p.m.    

Why is any one suprised ?? This man is a sneak thief and a murderer. He is old line KGB.

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Anonymous Feb. 3, 2010, 6:46 p.m.    

Just hope he doesn't give this guy any TEA to Drink!...He's a KGB murderer!

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Anonymous Feb. 3, 2010, 6:47 p.m.    

There were such high hopes for Russia and democracy. Now it is just becoming a dictatorship, all with the approval of its people. I understand that I shouldn't expect other people to want what I want, but still, this seems like a sad waste of humanity.

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Anonymous Feb. 4, 2010, 9:10 a.m.    

Best statement on this board, sums up my sentiments exactly. What a waste for a people with such great potential.

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Anonymous Feb. 3, 2010, 6:56 p.m.    

Issue after issue, Mr. Putin has shown to be an egomaniacle nut. Seems the only leaders who like to keep his company are even greater loons such as Hugo Chavez. Like a schoolyard bully and his half-whitted minion in-tow.

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Anonymous Feb. 3, 2010, 6:58 p.m.    

Putin still has a hold over Russia! He has a hidden agenda and it does not include freedom and democacy for the people. If you are Russian and want your freedom then keep an eye on him, like we are on Obama. Violence is not the answer, voting strong Russians into office who will stand up to these type of people is the way to win.

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Anonymous Feb. 3, 2010, 7:08 p.m.    

Putin is an egomaniac like Obama. Unlike Obama, he is really intelligent. Be careful Russia, or you will be back in the Communist grasp again!

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Anonymous Feb. 3, 2010, 7:14 p.m.    

Sergei Mironov will be dead in 6 months ... 3 months if they don't care if it looks obvious.

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Anonymous Feb. 3, 2010, 7:17 p.m.    

The Russian citizenry has never really been able to see very far down the road. Today, not agreeing to "every single policy" of Putin is enough to get you fired/sacked. Tomorrow, you get a paid vacation to the newly remodeled Gulag. Pack your bags!

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Anonymous Feb. 3, 2010, 9:02 p.m.    

Or you could get a radioactive cocktail at a party, or even get beheaded and have your headless corpse stuffed in a suitcase, or you would decide to throw yourself from a tall building.

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Anonymous Feb. 3, 2010, 7:21 p.m.    

This is why Russia will never be a fully realized constitutional republic like the United States. We criticize our president constantly, and for good cause. He's very similar to Putin; politically and ideologically.

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Anonymous Feb. 3, 2010, 7:24 p.m.    

Sounds eerily like Obama doesn't he? Putin, I mean. These dictators are all alike. They can't criticism or the light of day. Good luck to my Russian and Ukrainian friends. I hope you defeat the communists and get back on track. Remember that the organized crime syndicates will move in quickly to occupy the power vacuum that ousting the corrupt dictatorship will create.

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Anonymous Feb. 3, 2010, 7:38 p.m.    

This is what would have happened if Luciano, Capone, or Gotti ever rose to power in the US. It's not that everyone would agree with them, but if the disagreement is voiced, you wind up in a hole in the desert. The mafia has such control over Russia, I think the only was to free the people is for someone to conquer them.

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Anonymous Feb. 3, 2010, 7:38 p.m.    

I guess Mironov will be poisoned now!

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Anonymous Feb. 3, 2010, 7:57 p.m.    

Wow. Putin really comes off as a pussy here. That's not a personal attack, but a comment on the story. You never know how things are going to be translated

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Anonymous Feb. 3, 2010, 8:06 p.m.    

Ill bet he is suddenly retired and goes somewhere that no one knows, like an insane asylum or maybe

polar bear hunting in the northern most tundra of Russia.

What are the odds on that?

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Anonymous Feb. 3, 2010, 8:09 p.m.    

Wow! Putin sounds a lot like Obama. He should back off before the comparisons start. Obama is a wimpy pseudo-intellectual, Putin is better than that.

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Anonymous Feb. 3, 2010, 8:10 p.m.    

A Nashi cross burning rally is scheduled on Mironov's front yard later this week.

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Anonymous Feb. 3, 2010, 8:28 p.m.    

Putin is far smarter than Obama and feared like the Corleone Family. However, it due time one of his commrades poison him with lead.

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Anonymous Feb. 3, 2010, 8:29 p.m.    

Better get the Kremlin spin-control bloggers over here, to contain this story, before it gets any further.

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Anonymous Feb. 3, 2010, 8:32 p.m.    

Let's see. . .Putin has an approval rating of over 80% and Obama's is at, what?

Maybe we in Russia don't WANT to be just like the US. Have you ever considered that? And Putin is NOT a communist and slack-jawed idiots who see him as such and are still fighting the cold war should just give it a rest. You have enough problems with the Marxist YOU elected. BTW, we are so fettered by shackles in Russia that our income tax rate is only 13%. NOW who are the really free people?

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Anonymous Feb. 3, 2010, 8:57 p.m.    

The USSR was not really Communist either, it was some kind of pseudo-dictatorship, similar to what you have now. How did that work out for you?

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Anonymous Feb. 3, 2010, 8:56 p.m.    

Kim Jong Il has an approval rating of 150%. What's your point? You cannot take those polls seriously in countries that are not truly free. Russia is not truly free. It is apparent to most of the free world that Putin is a bully and an "elected" dictator. He garners support through fear and civil service employment. You work for the government, you had better vote for him and his party, lest your job go bye bye. He has made a violent following among the youth. Youth are easy to influence. They a passionate and have no life experience. He has the opposition arrested and even worse, sometimes they end up beheaded and in suitcases, or poisoned with radioactive substances. He is most certainly not a slack-jawed idiot. He is very intelligent and crafty, although, he suffers from Napolean Syndrome. The pictures of him topless atop a horse hunting like he belongs on the cover of some woman's romantic novel make him look silly. If your advisors and people in your own party are not even permitted to critisize you, want sort of democracy do you have? That's right, you don't. You have an Aristocratc Kleptocracy.

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Anonymous Feb. 3, 2010, 10:24 p.m.    

Stalin and Hitler had 100% approval rating, Putin isn't too far off

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Anonymous Feb. 3, 2010, 8:34 p.m.    

Putin is a midget punk thug! People like him are constantly trying to force their will and authority over people and take power for themselves by any means possible. If I was Sergei Mironov, I'd reach across the desk and punch Putin square in the MOUTH! And it's people like him who force the rest of us to authorize extreme and even violent means of defense for our own freedom and liberty. Sometimes, the LAST resort is the ONLY resort...

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Anonymous Feb. 3, 2010, 8:35 p.m.    

I wish the USA had a Putin -- instead of a cream puff.

Derf

Atlanta GA USA

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Anonymous Feb. 3, 2010, 8:53 p.m.    

I say putin needs to go. This man is a true dictator and communist. I don't trust the russians as far as I can pick one up and throw one. They are also weak individuals. Someone will eventually in Russia bump this guy off.

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Anonymous Feb. 3, 2010, 8:57 p.m.    

Remember, Russia has always been about 200 years behind the rest of Europe as far as advancing civilization. Go back 200 years and you are still talking Maximilien Robespierre and Napolean has still not consolidated power yet. Is Putin Russia's Napolean. Will the next regime change be for true democracy?

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Anonymous Feb. 3, 2010, 9:48 p.m.    

Don't count on any change being in the best interests of the Russian people. We're seeing what's being pandered as change in the United States and it doesn't coincide with our constitution.

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Anonymous Feb. 3, 2010, 9:30 p.m.    

This makes Russian politicians sound foolish. Comon! No criticism or we'll fire you? Sounds pathetic.

Oh wait. This is Russia.

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Anonymous Feb. 3, 2010, 9:32 p.m.    

Putin is nothing more than a an ex-KGB gangster and the whole world knows it! The upper echelon of Russia's government is infested with ex-KGB and they all work hand-in-hand with the Russian mafia. Maybe when they elect people who aren't even REMOTELY connected with Putin and his ilk, the world will see Russia as a legitimate nation......

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Anonymous Feb. 4, 2010, 10:01 a.m.    

I agree. Putin is a gangster and Russia's head criminal.

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Anonymous Feb. 3, 2010, 10:16 p.m.    

death to the russian way of government

overthrough that bastared

people pick up your arms and faith and lets take the world back

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Anonymous Feb. 3, 2010, 11:09 p.m.    

They did that already in 1917 and look what happened!

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Anonymous Feb. 3, 2010, 10:38 p.m.    

this is exactly what Ukraine should be staying away from.

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Anonymous Feb. 3, 2010, 10:56 p.m.    

One of a handful of dictators left in the world. Russian democracy is a farce.

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Anonymous Feb. 3, 2010, 10:58 p.m.    

Watch your back, Sergei.

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Anonymous Feb. 3, 2010, 11:03 p.m.    

Putin is number one in my book. Too bad we do not have a leader like him in Washington DC. He bares his chest on horseback and has a black belt in Judo. He is a real man and a real leader.

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Anonymous Feb. 3, 2010, 11:16 p.m.    

He's a stuffed shirt, and empty bag of wind, not unlike our fearless leader in DC. The guy is all hat and no cattle.

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Anonymous Feb. 3, 2010, 11:03 p.m.    

The thing that frightens me the most about Russia is the fact that there is nothing that can be done by NATO countries in Europe because most of the petrol fuel comes either from Russia or through Russia. This (and a lack of a backbone) stops any potential critisizm by the EU. The lack of a backbone is what keeps the US from acting.

"When the Eagles are quiet, the parrots begin to jabber."- Winston Churchill

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Anonymous Feb. 3, 2010, 11:10 p.m.    

To all those who want a putin-esque leader: be careful what you wish for. Hitler was elected, mainly because he presented himself as a strong man who could protect the civilians. If you give the government, no matter what form, an inch; they will take everything you own.

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Anonymous Feb. 3, 2010, 11:38 p.m.    

Putin is a thug and a dictator but he's not going anywhere. The russian people have been dominated and humiliated by their govenment for so long that I think they actually prefer it. They certainly don't have the balls to fight for an open government. I hope he stays for a long time just so I can keep laughing at his staged photo ops. What a little turd this man is.

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Anonymous Feb. 3, 2010, 11:51 p.m.    

It's a good thing the old Soviet Union is gone, else the next question would be "how many and what caliber"

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Anonymous Feb. 4, 2010, midnight    

Putin has an 80% approval rating. The other 20% are in Siberian prisons.

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Anonymous Feb. 4, 2010, 1:32 a.m.    

Mironov didn't compare him to "Dobby" from the Lord of the Rings, did he?

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Anonymous Feb. 4, 2010, 1:38 a.m.    

We are finding out here that speaking ill of our glorious leader will incur his hateful stare. What can one expect from the former head of the KGB? The question begs, when was Russia better off? Under Lenin, Stalin, Molotov? Gorbachev? Don't forget that Gorby (as he is fondly called here), lives in the U.S. and is very active promoting his stinking, rotten, liberal fascist causes and the democrat party is deeply entrenched in its politics.

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Anonymous Feb. 4, 2010, 1:43 a.m.    

Putin is a hero for standing up to the aggressive and belligerent United States. The fact is that he has the support of the Russian people. The U.S. poodles of eastern Europe can continue to bark against him. Who cares, you kick the dog or speak with the master, nobody will speak to the dog. So keep on barking, maybe you will feel better.

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Anonymous Feb. 4, 2010, 2:04 a.m.    

Russia is a male dominated society and ours is a female dominated society. I don't like the pootmeister but I do admire the tough stance he takes against his perceived and real enemy's, including us, the perceived enemy. The U.S. and Russia should join together and fight the radical Muslims. We could help with Chechnya and they could help with Afghanistan. I imagine that some of that goes on now. Together we could kick Taliban butt and kick it hard.

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Anonymous Feb. 4, 2010, 6:37 a.m.    

So much for winning over the hearts and minds of people.

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Anonymous Feb. 4, 2010, 2:15 a.m.    

If you call him a thug and dictator, don't be surprised when you are called poodles. Name calling sometimes goes both ways. Besides, this is democracy. You hate him, I like him, it's our right. Flag me as much as you want, who cares.

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Anonymous Feb. 4, 2010, 9:57 a.m.    

We drop bombs on Serbia, the time didn't do the trick.

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Anonymous Feb. 4, 2010, 9:51 a.m.    

poodle comments sound like a bunch of retarded children making up stupid names... it really doesn't translate, inflame or bother anyone here.. but, if that's what makes the craphole seem like a better place to live.. all the power to you..

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Anonymous Feb. 4, 2010, 4:35 p.m.    

&quot;If you call him a thug and dictator, don't be surprised when you are called poodles.&quot;

I wanna be called Spaghetti.

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Anonymous Feb. 4, 2010, 2:19 a.m.    

Free societies musn't be restricted to saying only what the President/Prime Minister wants to hear. Frankly, Putin is an idiot who couldn't govern his way out of a paper bag and he wouldn't last a second in politics in the US or Great Britain.

Sounds like the politics is back to the usual C.C.C.P. way of doing things.

PS: C.C.C.P. = Communist, Communist, Communist Pig

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Anonymous Feb. 4, 2010, 2:51 a.m.    

Those photos of Pootie mounted on his magnificent steed, flexing his burly pecs with his shirt off, looked kinda gay.

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Anonymous Feb. 4, 2010, 6:32 a.m.    

Putin had better ease off the smoked bacon fat of which he is so fond of.

His man boobs jiggle with the horse. There must be man bras available somewhere in khaki and jungle green.

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Anonymous Feb. 4, 2010, 4:13 a.m.    

In any Nation that cares to style itself as a Democracy, folk must be permitted to question the leadership.

So is Russia to be considered a Democracy or what?

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Anonymous Feb. 4, 2010, 8:30 a.m.    

Democracy does not mean you have a right to question leadership, that would be the concept known as &quot;liberty&quot;, which no Russian has ever had inside his or her country in a long time, if ever.

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Anonymous Feb. 4, 2010, 4:37 a.m.    

I think Putin would be a lot better than O-Bow-mao for America, at least he sticks up for his country and does the best for it as opposed to O-Bum-mer hateing the good ole U S of A.

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Anonymous Feb. 4, 2010, 4:47 a.m.    

The senator will be lucky if he gets off with just being sacked. Russia is a &quot;thugocracy&quot; and he will probably soon die an &quot;accidental&quot; death like all others who have dared question the dark Prince Putin.

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Anonymous Feb. 4, 2010, 8 a.m.    

Back to torture chamber.

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Anonymous Feb. 4, 2010, 8:06 a.m.    

Putin knows every Russian citizen’s name, address, and phone number. If you say a dirty word, Putin will call you in the evening to reprimand.

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Anonymous Feb. 4, 2010, 9:45 a.m.    

Maybe he said to Puti-Put! hey, go blow me..

and then the big bad commie, said,,, I send you to my gulag.... I see your commie arse at 12 am for some fun time..Then Obama chimed in witha phone call..

he says Puti-poot...

I hear you are having a party and not inviting me..

Pooti-poot says, I miss G. W. Bush.....

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Anonymous Feb. 4, 2010, 9:54 a.m.    

He'll get killed in the near future, gun shots to the head.

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Anonymous Feb. 4, 2010, 3 p.m.    

Seems like Russia is no different than the USA on turning on one another. That's going to remain a problem for Russia since becoming capitalists.

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Anonymous Feb. 4, 2010, 4:37 p.m.    

Vlad the Poisoner wears women's underwear.

And looks TERRIBLE in high heels!

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Anonymous Feb. 5, 2010, 6 a.m.    

Death to communism.

Arrest Putin and his pawns.

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