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President Dmitri A. Medvedev announced Saturday at a party convention in Moscow that he would step aside for Mr. Vladimir Putin, who served as president from 2000 to 2008 but was limited by the Constitution to two consecutive terms. Mr. Medvedev is to take his place as prime minister after presidential elections in March, which Mr. Putin is assured of winning. ~ NY Times, Sept. 24, 2011
I’m sure the neocons have their panties in a wad. How dare a Russian leader care for the well-being of ethnic Russians! How dare a Russian leader expel foreign oligarchs controlling Russia’s assets! How dare a Russian leader take harsh measures to curb Third World immigration! As many other bloggers have noted, who would have guessed back in the Cold War that the most pro-Western leader in the world today would be a Russian, Vladimir V. Putin.