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DeepModem Mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 09:17 AM
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Putin Says Won't Stay in Kremlin Past '08(but critic's teeth knocked out)
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LAT: Putin Indicates He Won't Stay in Kremlin Past 2008
In a carefully screened Q&A, the leader says he doesn't want to make any 'abrupt changes' to the constitution, which forbids another term.

By Kim Murphy, Times Staff Writer


MOSCOW In a televised town hall meeting that featured his most pointed declaration yet about Russia's political future, President Vladimir V. Putin on Tuesday rebuffed the idea of holding on to the presidency past 2008 and promised there was "no danger of a return to a monopoly on power."

But outside the range of the cameras in Putin's coast-to-coast appearance, a critic of the government who tried to pose a question was shoved to the ground and had two of his teeth knocked out. His wife, a human rights activist, was also injured.

In the end, few of the more than 1 million questions posed to the Russian president by telephone, e-mail, text message and live television linkup made it past the careful screening in what appeared to be the opening salvo of an election campaign in which Putin insisted he would not be a candidate.

For months, the Russian political scene has been consumed with speculation over whether Putin would permit a democratic transition of power at the end of his second term in 2008, when the constitution requires him to step down.

So far, much of the debate has centered on how Putin and those around him in the Kremlin will manage to remain in control whether through amending the constitution or by designating an ally to take the reins in a managed election....


http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-put...
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yellowcanine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 09:32 AM
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1. I believe him. By '08 he will probably have ditched the constitution
altogether and have himself a brand new title of dictator for life.
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Javaman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 11:02 AM
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5. Like Stalin said, "it's not who votes, but who counts the votes".
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bemildred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 09:39 AM
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2. A suitable sock-puppet will be found to succeed Pooty-Poot. nt
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mr_hat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 10:08 AM
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4. Somebody else with soul-revealing eyes. n/t
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tom_paine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 11:04 AM
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6. Yeah, BushPutinist States are remarkably similar
They will get a "Putin placeholder" much as we will get a "Bushevik placeholder" in 2008, selected by the Party and voted on...by Busheviks with Diebold backdoors.

BushPutinism is one philosphy.
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bemildred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 11:32 AM
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7. "Bush-Putinism". I like that. nt
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Greeby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 09:43 AM
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3. You can take the man out of the KGB............
Some things never change :eyes:
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