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Russian priest ends run for Kremlin
Ioann Okhlobystin pulls out after he fails to gain the support of the Moscow Patriarchate. Oligarch Mikhail Prokhorov gives up his presidential ambitions after he crosses swords with the Medvedev administration. Some report a possible return of Tsar Vlad.
Putin picks his “heir” who will make him prime minister
Russia’s president backs First Deputy Prime Minister Medvedev as presidential candidate. Russian Orthodox Church is happy about the “balanced decision.” Jewish and Muslim religious leaders approve the choice. Putin’s dauphin wants his “venerated master” to take the post of prime minister.
03/12/2009 VATICAN – RUSSIA
Russia and the Vatican establish full diplomatic ties
The announcement was made at the end of a visit by Russian President Medvedev to the Vatican where he was received by Benedict XVI. During their talks, the two leaders also talked about the international economic and political situation.
Moscow Patriarchate wants days set aside to cleanse Russia of “monster” Lenin
The head of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for Relations with the Armed Forces wants all images of the father of the October Revolution placed in the dustbin of history. Only those that have some “artistic value” might be saved in open-air space of museums, where they can “be worn down by time”. He also wants Bolshevik names removed from streets and cities, but says about Stalin
Low voter turnout, only threat to Putin’s (expected) victory
The outgoing president heads the United Russia list, which is most likely to win a majority in the Duma hands down. However, “Tsar Vladimir” needs a high turnout to ensure that his victory will be credible, hence the use of hyperbole and pending doom rhetoric in his latest speech-cum-advert on Channel One TV “Vote for me or face the country’s disintegration.”
On stage, the script already written for Russia's presidential elections
In was taken for granted that the voting would coronate the successor of Putin, Mevedev. Also predictable was the information on preferences and on voting turnout, the criticisms of the opposition, and the praise of the Orthodox Church for the new head of the Kremlin. Voters had their backs to the wall: there was no real alternative, and widespread pressure on many levels to go to the polls.
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