Putinian Permanence

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on December 3, 2009

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There will be no democracy in Russia, or fresh leadership blood, anytime soon:

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, in power for over 10 years, ruled out a departure from politics on Thursday, telling a questioner: “Don’t hold your breath.”

The country’s most powerful leader made the comment with a smile when asked on his annual televised question and answer session with the Russian people if he would like to leave politics and start a quiet life.

Putin, 57, also said he “will think about” taking part in the 2012 presidential election, when many Russians expect him to return to the Kremlin for a six-year term.

Oh, and for those hoping that the “reset” button has been punched with Russia concerning issues like Iran’s efforts to obtain nuclear weapons, there is this:

“We have no information that Iran is working on the creation of a nuclear weapon,” Putin said when asked by a reporter if Iran was close to making an atomic bomb.

So, to recap: We will have democratic backsliding in Russia, an opaque society that will prevent us from making informed decisions concerning Russia policy, and little cooperation on the issue of Iran. Other than that, of course, everything is going great with the Russians.

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