Ukraine is not Russia and we can be thankful about that, especially in the political sphere. Regrettably, this nation cannot easily escape Kremlin leaders’ menacing ways, but will have to do so to ensure the healthy life of a sovereign nation.
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s anointment of himself as president for 2012, undoubtedly to be followed by re-election in 2018, could put him in power for nearly a quarter century – not as long as Josef Stalin, but longer than Leonid Brezhnev. He will be 72 years old.
First and foremost, the main victim of Putin’s stranglehold on power is Russia itself. He is contemptuous of his own shrinking, dying and unhealthy nation of 142 million people. He has blocked their ability to change leaders democratically through elections, which are state-managed affairs by Moscow.