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Putin to Return to Presidency

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    [h=1]Putin to Return to Presidency[/h]

    [h=3]By ALEXANDER KOLYANDR And RICHARD BOUDREAUX[/h]MOSCOW—President Dmitry Medvedev proposed Saturday that Russia's ruling party support his mentor, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, as its candidate in next year's presidential election, guaranteeing Mr. Putin's return to the office four years after he was legally obliged to step down.
    Mr. Putin immediately accepted the proposal, ending months of intense speculation over whether the president would seek a second term or step aside for his powerful predecessor. Mr. Putin then announced a job switch with Mr. Medvedev, saying he would be made prime minister after the March 4 election.


    Yekaterina Shtukina/RIA Novosti/Kremlin/ReutersRussia's President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on the move at the United Russia congress Saturday, where they announced they'd be trading jobs

    Thousands of delegates to United Russia's party congress, meeting at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium, roared their approval of the proposals in the two men's back-to-back speeches.
    Mr. Putin became prime minister in 2008 after two terms as president, stepping aside because of constitutional term limits. As Russia's most powerful politician, he had been widely expected to seek a return to the Kremlin. Under constitutional changes, the presidential term starting in 2012 will be six years instead of four.
    The two-day party gathering was called to nominate candidates for the Dec. 4 parliamentary elections and discuss ways to reverse its declining popularity. It turned into a forum to support Mr. Putin's return to the presidency.
    On Friday and again Saturday, Mr. Putin spelled out his vision for the next six years.
    The gathering opened on a day Russia's Micex index of stocks fell 4% and the ruble lost 2.6% of its value against a basket of major currencies, battered by a global capital flight to safety. It capped the sharpest weekly decline of Russian markets in more than two years and appeared to augur a prolonged period of slow economic growth.
    Mr. Putin, who built his popularity on a strong economic recovery during the 2000s, told the delegates Saturday that Russia should return to annual growth rates of 6% to 7%, up from this year's 4%. He also promised to raise salaries and pensions and spend more on rearmament and infrastructure. To pay for those programs, he said, Russia would have to change its 13% flat income tax.
    "Taxes for the rich should be higher than for the middle class," he said.
    He also cautioned that the government would need to take unpopular steps to cope with global financial turmoil.
    "Responsible authorities should always not only listen to the heartbeat, but if they see and understand that there are some problems, then they should prescribe medicine," Mr. Putin said Friday, seated at a large table with party delegates. "The authorities should explain to people in a clear and understandable way, not with truncheons and tear gas, of course, but with discussion and dialogue."


    Yekaterina Shtukina/RIA Novosti/Kremlin/ReutersMessrs Putin and Medvedev soaking in the applause at the party congress

    The Russian leader said he was often criticized by human-rights activists, "sometimes fairly, sometimes unfairly." Although they tend to draw attention to "problems that don't touch everyday lives," he said, their complaints must be addressed or else people will feel cut off from their government.
    As he spoke, police detained a handful of demonstrators on the street outside the meeting hall. They were calling for a boycott of elections to protest the exclusion of some opposition parties from the ballot.
    United Russia has dominated the country's politics under Mr. Putin's leadership and has virtually no chance of losing the parliamentary or presidential elections. Under a system of "managed democracy," the Kremlin permits a few tame rival parties to campaign while outlawing others and breaking up their street demonstrations.
    Corruption, economic troubles and chafing at the Kremlin's centralized control over far-flung regions have hurt United Russia. The ruling party's support in opinion polls has fallen to around 40% in recent weeks. In the last parliamentary vote, in 2007, the party claimed 64% of the vote.
    Mr. Putin's remarks stopped short of signaling a more competitive political system. Instead, they reflected the party's attempt to push aside unpopular representatives and nominate candidates capable of listening to constituents and explaining government decisions.
    Mr. Putin had said previously that about half of the party's 311 deputies in parliament would be excluded from the list of roughly 700 candidates whose nominations were being announced Saturday.
    The switch in posts of the top leaders was a disappointment to Russian liberals, who had hoped that Mr. Medvedev would stand up to Mr. Putin, his long-time benefactor, and run for re-election himself.
    Mr. Putin's nomination is "a blow to the prestige of Russia's presidency," said Gleb Pavlovsky, head of Russia's Fund of Effective Policy. Mr. Medvedev "betrayed those who believed in him; it's political suicide that he of course has a right to commit."
    But Edward Limonov, a poet and leftist activist who has led frequent demonstrations against the government in Moscow, said Mr. Putin's return to the Kremlin was preferable to six more years of divided power at the top.
    "Putin is better for the opposition than Medvedev," Mr. Limonov said. "As a symbol of the enemy he is much better."
    Mr. Putin's return could prompt some technocrats in the Russian government to resign. Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin, whose name had lately been mentioned as a possible prime minister, will likely leave, said Sergei Markov, a deputy in Russia's State Duma with the United Russia Party.
    The future government has ambitious plans for economic growth "and these plans must be fulfilled," Mr. Markov told the Interfax news agency. "There's some question of whether Kudrin can do this."
    As finance minister, Mr. Kudrin has been an advocate of market-friendly policies and restrained spending. He publicly worried that Russia's dependence on oil exports would be problematic as production drops off in coming years. Lately investors have become edgy on signs that oil prices are weakening and have cashed out of Russia for more diversified markets.
    Boris Nemtsov, who served as deputy prime minister under the late President Boris Yeltsin, told the Echo Moscow radio station that Mr. Putin's return to the presidency is "the worse scenario for Russia."
    "Ahead of us will be increased migration, flight of capital, dependence on commodities, and enormous corruption in politics," he said.
    Sergei Mitrokhin, head of the opposition Yabloko party, called Mr. Putin's return no surprise.
    "What was proposed today by Putin and Medvedev along with United Russia is not a route to modernization; it's a route to new stagnation that will only end just as badly as the stagnation of Brezhnev that finished the Soviet Union," he said.

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    He was the president, he's been the president albeit under a different title, and now he's assuming back his rightful title as the one and only president of Russia!!
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    Nakubaliana na wewe kabisa mkuu. Russia hakuna watu wengine wenye sifa za uongozi badala ya hii recycling? Putin ni PYSCHO na kama warusi hawakuwa makini anaweza kuendelea na haya mazingaumbwe milele.
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    hivi katiba inaruhusu mkapa kugombea urais?
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    soma Historia ya Rassia na uwezo wa Putin katika Uongozi.Kwa taarifa kidogo tu- kipindi anamaliza muda wake walitaka aendelee ila katiba ikawa hamruhusu,na hakutaka kuipindisha kama wafanyavyo viongozi wetu Africa.Kwasababu hujui historia ya kwa nini anarudi madarakani ndio maana unamfananisha na Mugabe.
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    [h=1]Putin's presidency bid stirs discontent[/h] Liberal minister says he will quit if Medvedev becomes PM after announcement that caught many off guard

    • Miriam Elder in Moscow
    • guardian.co.uk, Sunday 25 September 2011 20.45 BST Article history
      [​IMG] Dmitry Medvedev, left, is expected to replace Vladimir Putin as Russia's prime minister. Photograph: Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters

      The fallout from Vladimir Putin's announcement that he plans to return to the Kremlin is being felt throughout Russia, with a key liberal official indicating that he plans to quit the government.
      The finance minister, Alexei Kudrin, a darling of the west because of his commitment to the free market and fiscal conservatism, said he would refuse to serve under Dmitry Medvedev, who is due to replace Putin as prime minister. His departure would deal a severe blow to liberal elements inside the ruling regime.
      "I do not see myself in a new government," Kudrin said during a visit to Washington. "The point is not that nobody has offered me the job; I think that the disagreements I have [with Medvedev] will not allow me to join this government."
      The reformist minister said disputes about spending were to blame and it was unclear why he blamed Medvedev when Putin has the final say over the country's economic path.
      Although Putin's return to the presidency was widely expected, the announcement, at a congress of the ruling United Russia party on Saturday, caught many off guard – even Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov, who said in an interview: "We were totally unprepared for what was announced. It was their bilateral decision – and then they didn't alert anyone about it."
      Others expressed dismay. "There is no reason for happiness," tweeted Arkady Dvorkovich, another liberal politician and economic adviser to Medvedev, as the congress came to a close on Saturday.
      The prospect of two more terms for Putin exacerbating creeping social and economic stagnation prompted comparisons with the long rule of Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev. Around 300 people went on a protest against the decision in central Moscow.
      Putin's announcement that he planned to run for president in March's vote confirmed the widely held view that he is Russia's foremost ruler. In recent years, he has fashioned himself as a "national leader", and was referred to as such several times at the party congress.
      Medvedev's political fate appeared less clear. The announcement of Putin's return turns him into a lame duck. "He is the person we still have to call the president of the country, but we already can't twist our tongues to do it," wrote Moskovsky Komsomolets, the country's most popular tabloid. Medvedev told the congress he would accept a post as prime minister.
      Yet some analysts speculated that Kudrin's departure from government signalled the possibility that he would either become prime minister or move to a post inside the Kremlin. Despite his liberal leanings, Kudrin remains an ally of Putin and works to balance the hardline elements within the regime, known as siloviki.
      "Definitely, in this or that way, [Kudrin] will stay on the team," said Peskov. Speaking in Washington, Kudrin said he disagreed with Medvedev's recent approval of raising military spending to around £42bn, or 3% of gross domestic product.
      Yet Peskov hinted that the problem ran deeper. Kudrin is an outspoken critic of higher social spending, as Russia battles the disastrous effects of the financial crisis. He has been struggling to prevent runaway spending as the Kremlin enacts populist measures, such as raising pensions and keeping communal charges low, in the runup to elections.
      "His approach is that we should live in accordance with our incomes and shouldn't have extra social expenditures," Peskov said. "This is not what the leadership is insisting on."
      Putin's popularity has plummeted during the country's financial distress. A recent poll put his approval rating at 40% – a far cry from the 70% he regularly scored during Russia's oil-fuelled boom years. Medvedev's rating stands at 33%, according to the same VTsIOM poll. Yet in the absence of political competition and free media, no opponents have emerged.
      Russia's leaders will now turn their attention to the parliamentary vote, hoping to keep the constitutional majority held by United Russia. The party's rating has fallen to 42%, according to VTsIOM, with the Communist party and far-right LDPR gaining steam.
      "There is a great demand for change in society, although most of it is hidden," said Vladimir Milov, a former deputy energy minister under Putin and current opposition leader. "Putin's name is contradictory with the very idea of change – his inability to deliver the change that is in demand from a growing number of people will lead to a major conflict in society."
      With discontent growing, the Kremlin had attempted to build a loyal liberal opposition party that would bring in the disaffected middle class and boost Kremlin support inside parliament in the event of disastrous results for United Russia.
      The Right Cause party imploded this month with the departure of its leader, oligarch Mikhail Prokhorov, who accused Kremlin ideologist Vladislav Surkov of orchestrating his ousting. On Sunday Prokhorov was kicked off Medvedev's modernisation commission, in an apparent retaliation.
      The leadership remains at a loss over how to boost United Russia's support. Opposition activists such as anti-corruption crusader Alexey Navalny have called on people to vote for anyone but the party on 4 December, forgoing the idea of an election boycott.
      Sergei Naryshkin, a Putin ally and Medvedev's chief of staff, said Medvedev could replace Putin as leader of United Russia. Milov said the move would be a further step to protect Putin's image as Russia's saviour. Putin founded the All-Russia People's Front this year in a bid to boost his support as United Russia's fortunes fade.
      "They are the most popular political leaders and statesmen in the country," said Peskov, referring to Putin and Medvedev, "and that's why they have the luxury of taking decisions. They can afford it."

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    haya sasa, ufaransa, marekani na uingereza si ndo mabingwa wa kuvamia nchi kule africa kwa kisingizio cha kuondoa marais watakao kaa madarakani kwa muda mrefu na kuwaita ma dikteta n.k? Waende na russia sasa na majeshi yao....
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    Asante kwa kuniwahi, waende Russia kama ni wanaume kweli!! hata kutoa kauli za kulaani hawatathubutu
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    Marekani,France na Uingereza hapa kimyaaaaa.
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    Marekani ya miaka ya 1990's na 2000's sio hii ya miaka hii ya 2011- .Hawana ubavu hata kidogo wa kuzungumza kuhusu Brazil,Russia ,India &China (BRIC) Hawa mabwana sasa hivi ni untouchable.Wafuatiliaji wa mambo wanajua ni jinsi gani Mmarekani kwa sasa anavyoanguka kiuchumi.Putin anarudi pale kuirudisha Russia kwenye ramani ya Dunia kama mshirika wa BRIC.So mmarekani hawezi thubutu kamwe kuichimba Russia kwa kubwata kama alivyozoea kwa Africa na LDC's nyingine kwani atakuwa anawagusa washirika wa Russia ambao ni China ,India na Brazil.Watu ambao hawafuatilii siasa za Ki socialist ndio wanaoshangaa kwa nini Putin anarudi na hawajui hilo lilishakuwepo tokea anaondoka madarakani baada ya kumaliza ngwe ya kwanza ya vipindi viwili.Kwa wale waumini wa Socilism tutarajie mengi sana kutoka kwa Kiongozi huyu ikiwa mojawapo ni kumpinga waziwazi mmarekani na sera zake za kujitanua kijeshi
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    Nasikia huyu jamaa ni KGB na Mzalendo kweli,hivi we JK ni lini sie watanzania tutajivunia Utz wetu? Ipandisheni Tz kiuchumi na sie tusiiogope USA
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    nchi kubwa kama russia inahoma ya siasa,sijui hii michezo wao hawaioni?ila naamini mara nyingi inawakost na ni moja ya sababu ya urusi kupigwa bao na nchi kama china
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    we should put this provision in our new katiba, allowing past presidents to return after few few yrs if wananchi still need/have faith in him/her. Othewise we will be loosing good able leaders kwa kufurahisha wazungu.
    Putin is an able leader, mwache arudi