Putin sets stage for return as Russian president
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has ended months of speculation by saying he will run for president next March in an election that could open the way for him to stay in power for 12 more years.
Putin's announcement was greeted by a standing ovation on Saturday at a congress of his ruling United Russia party, but it alarmed critics who say his return to the presidency could herald an era of political and economic stagnation.
He and President Dmitry Medvedev have ruled in a power 'tandem' since Putin was forced by the constitution to yield the presidency in 2008 after serving a maximum two consecutive terms.
Putin, 58, accepted a proposal by Medvedev to return as president in the carefully choreographed congress in a Moscow sports stadium.
"I want to say directly: (Medvedev and I) reached an agreement between ourselves long ago, several years ago, on what to do in the future, on who should do what," Putin said.
"But both I and Dmitry Anatolyevich Medvedev believe that this is far from being the most important thing -- who will do what, who will sit in what place. What is far more important is something else: how we will all work, what results we achieve, and what the citizens of our country think of this."
Over 11 years in power, Putin has cultivated the image of a vigorous leader and been filmed riding bare-chested on horseback, scuba diving and showing off his judo skills. His policies -- crushing a Chechen separatist rebellion, taming super-rich businessmen and bringing wayward regions to heel -- have similarly won him popularity among Russians.
Putin, described in leaked U.S. diplomatic cables as the "Alpha dog" in the tandem, proposed his younger and more liberal protege replace him as prime minister after the election to lead a young reformist government.
FEARS OF STAGNATION
But critics [WTF! NAME ONE! Don'tcha get tired of Kazar employees NEVER identifying the human beings (if any) that supposedly mouth criticisms in this way? How can one take such a statement seriously?! IF these "critics" exist at all there opinion isn't worth a pinch of shit becauase they are not prepared to put their NAME and reputation behind them! ].say his return to the Kremlin, virtually unopposed, could [Ron: "could"?! WHY are these "journalists" wasting out time and attention on such ANONYMOUS bullshit! Given that it is well known and even these journalists have just told us that Putin restored Russia's fortunes in the period from 2000 to 2008, WHAT POSSIBLE GROUNDS do they have for this inane ANONYMOUS assertion?!] bring back memories of the economic and political stagnation under Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev in the 1970s and early 1980s.[Ron: Reality check for fuckwit journalists and those who believe them! In the 1970s Russian Christians ousted the Jewish Bolsheviks from power in the USSR (forcing them to flee to the arms of their Rockefeller allies in Amerikka where they took control of the US government and Pentagon by double crossing and murdering the four Rockefeller brothers). The new Christian Russian leaders also defeated Amerikka in the Battle of the Harvest Moon on 27 September 1977 (thereby gaining control of the Moon and this solar system by dominating space with their cosmospheres and particle beam weapons) thus ensuring that Amerikka under the Rockefeller Cartel could not start a nuclear world war. Similarly, in the 1980s, the new Christian Russian leadership prevented the Amerikan Bolsheviks from starting a nuclear world war on several occasions. See Dr Peter Beter's Audio letters: http://www.peterdavidbeter.com/ Accordingly any journalist or "critic" who says that there was "political stagnation" in the Soviet Union in the 1970s and 1980s is a dumbwit. Incidentally, Russian cosmonaut Vladimir Kovalyonok was the Commander of the first Soviet manned flight to the moon which landed on October 16, 1977, in Jules Verne Crater on the back side of the moon (see Audio Letter #27). Presumably a manned Russian base is still there liaising with Star Fleet personnel since Dr Beter mentioned in Audio Letter #30 that Russia had eight (8) Particle Beam installations on the Moon.].
"It's a sign of growing stagnation in the Russian political elite and it means that Mr. Putin, if elected, can rule for another 12 years until 2024," said Yevgeny Volk, deputy director of the Yeltsin Foundation.[Ron: Well Boris Yeltsin and his Foundation should know all about "STAGNATION". Wikipedia says:
'In late 1991 Yeltsin turned to the advice of Western economists, and Western institutions such as the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, and the U.S. Treasury Department, who had developed a standard policy recipe for transition economies in the late 1980s. This policy recipe came to be known as the "Washington Consensus" or "shock therapy", a combination of measures intended to liberalize prices and stabilize the state's budget. Such measures had been attempted in Poland, and advocates of "shock therapy" felt the same could be done in Russia...
On 2 January 1992, Yeltsin, acting as his own prime minister, ordered the liberalization of foreign trade, prices, and currency. At the same time, Yeltsin followed a policy of 'macroeconomic stabilization,' a harsh austerity regime designed to control inflation. Under Yeltsin's stabilization program, interest rates were raised to extremely high levels to tighten money and restrict credit. To bring state spending and revenues into balance, Yeltsin raised new taxes heavily, cut back sharply on government subsidies to industry and construction, and made steep cuts to state welfare spending.
In early 1992, prices skyrocketed throughout Russia, and deep credit crunch shut down many industries and brought about a protracted depression. The reforms devastated the living standards of much of the population, especially the groups dependent on Soviet-era state subsidies and welfare entitlement programs. Through the 1990s, Russia's GDP fell by 50 percent, vast sectors of the economy were wiped out, inequality and unemployment grew dramatically, while incomes fell. Hyperinflation, caused by the Central Bank of Russia's loose monetary policy, wiped out a lot of personal savings, and tens of millions of Russians were plunged into poverty.
Some economists argue that in the 1990s Russia suffered an economic downturn more severe than the United States or Germany had undergone six decades earlier in the Great Depression. Russian commentators and even some Western economists, such as Marshall Goldman, widely blamed Yeltsin's Western-backed economic program for the country's disastrous economic performance in the 1990s. ... In February 1992, Russia's vice president, Alexander Rutskoy denounced the Yeltsin program as "economic genocide." (See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boris_Yeltsin)
If "journalists want to quote the Yeltsin Foundation they should at least note the incredible damage that Yeltsin did to the Russian nation including allowing Wall Street backed Jewish "oligarchs" to buy Russian resources for pennies on the dollar which all but destroyed the country. AND they should note that Putin clawed back some of the stolen assets, goaled the odd criminal oligarch and restored Russia's economic and societal fortunes to an even keel. PEDDLING KHAZAR LIES ABOUR RUSSIA IS NOT A GOOD LOOK!].
The next president will be elected for six years and the constitution still allows the head of state a maximum of two straight terms -- meaning Putin could be in power for another 12 years. [Ron: Sooo?]
Washington said it expected to keep making progress in the "reset" in relations with Moscow, whoever was the next Russian president.[Ron: Who gives a shit what "Washington" thinks?! WHY not tell us what, say, China, India, Brazil, Iran or indonesia think about it?!].
"While we have had a very strong working relationship with President Medvedev, it's worth noting that Vladimir Putin was prime minister throughout the reset," White House spokesman Tommy Vietor said.
Putin proposed Medvedev, 46, to lead United Russia's list of candidates for a parliamentary election on December 4.
The move is intended to help reverse a decline in support for United Russia and boost its hopes of retaining a two-thirds majority in the State Duma lower house.
Investors [Ron: "investors"?! WTF does that mean? Are they people? If so, NAME ONE so we can discern whether s/he has a vested interest or not. If they are NOT people but corporations WHY are they being quoted as if they are REAL?] had been urging that Putin and Medvedev put an end to the political uncertainty that has deterred many from putting money [Ron: What sort of "money? Fiat money at interest? Who benefits from that?! The Russian people won't.] into the $1.5 trillion economy of the world's largest energy producer.
"Market turmoil has hit Russia hard," said Charles Robertson, head of macro-strategy at emerging markets investment bank Renaissance Capital.
"With less political uncertainty, the authorities may hope that capital flight eases, and that some may return capital in coming months to take advantage of cheaper asset prices." [Ron; Really? Please explain what is meant by "capital"? And how will "capital" returning to "take advantage of cheaper asset prices" help the Russian people?].
As president from 2000 to 2008, Putin oversaw an economic boom where household incomes improved on the back of a rise in global oil prices, and his tough talking and macho image helped restore Russia's self-confidence on the world stage. [Ron: Sooo what's the FKN problem?]
But Putin, who was once a KGB officer in East Germany, is widely seen [Ron: By WHOM?!] as more conservative than Medvedev and critics [Ron: NAME ONE!] accuse him of riding roughshod over human rights and democracy, and expanding the power of the security forces. [Ron: Sooo, should Putin emulate the Amerikkan President and intimidate, bomb, invade and occupy other countries, genocide their peoples and steal their gold and resources? OR WHAT? The FKN Western media gives me the shits! Journalists that churn out this formulaic propaganda for money deserve the karma that's coming their way.].
Some economists [Ron; Name ONE!] say his return to the Kremlin makes it less likely that Russia will carry out much-needed changes such as pension reforms and reducing Russia's dependency on natural resources. Oil and gas revenues make up half the budget. [Ron: Oh Pl-easee! Enough already! Why don'tcha go lecture the Amerikkan president!].
Others say Putin and Medvedev differ more in style than policy.
(Reporting by Timothy Heritage, Guy Faulconbridge, Gleb Bryanski, Steve Gutterman, Alexei Anishchuk, Douglas Busvine and Thomas Grove; editing by Ralph Boulton and Kevin Liffey) [Ron: Do they really need sooo many people to colaborate to concoct this garbage?].
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