An AP article by Vladimir Isachenkov quotes Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin as saying he may indeed make a run for the Russian presidency in 2012. This is allowed by the Russian constitution, thanks to a constitutional amendment that Putin had put in a few years ago while he was still president. It’s notable that Putin made such affirmative (for a politician) statements while he spoke on a four-hour “question-and-answer show” on Russian TV and radio. This harks back to the days of—or at least the stereotype of—Soviet leaders going on for hours at Central Committee meetings, belaboring how great the Soviet Union’s agriculture and economy was, not to mention Leninism with Stalinist influences would very soon now begin a crushing overrun of American imperialism.
As I’ve discussed on here, Putin may be bringing a hair-free stance back to the Russian presidency in 2012, keeping up the infamous “Chrome Dome Syndrome” that has tracked through Russia and the former Soviet Union since the Nicholas II/V. Lenin transition.
That said, I do wonder a bit about the train bombing that killed 26 people in Russia last week. It is likely that it was set by Chechen separatists. But it’s awfully curious that Putin would make a great stand so soon afterward. Perhaps the suspicion should fall more on the side of Putin, who executed a fierce war in Chechnya, using the event as a basis to start his return, rather than causing it and then rising up in that moment of need. Sad as the statement is, it makes much more sense for the Chechens to have done it. And it’s telling that Putin could use the media conglomerates in Russia to so thoroughly broadcast his intentions.