(That’s “part two” fer all you furiners.)
Says The Telegraph, that fine British rag:
“Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday he could run again for the Russian presidency next year, just one day after Dmitry Medvedev, the country’s current president, also made a renewed pitch for the job.
Perhaps he can borrow a slogan from President Obama, apply it only to himself, and say <<Да я могу!!>>
Fans of the Russian constitution, and/or people who have read this blog
in September 2009 will know that the Russian constitution allows the president of Russia to serve two consecutive terms in a row. However, it does not explicitly forbid said president from serving again after another president has held the office for four years. In other words, it clears the way for Putin to nudge Medvedev aside.
Curiously, this would fulfill the “chrome dome syndrome” that has been seen in Russo-Soviet leadership for most of the past century. I’ve talked about that
here before too. Witness:
Two two rows are the Communist era leaders: Lenin (bald), Stalin (not), Khrushchev (bald), Breshnev (not), Andropov (receded), Chernenko (not), and Gorbachev (bald).
In the bottom row showing the post-Communist Russian Federation. We have Yeltsin (not bald), Putin (bald, yet so badass), Medvedev (with a fine haircut), and presumably Putin (the badass baldy) once again.
History repeats itself…