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March 01, 2012

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Padraeg Sullivan

EVEN IF ONLY ACCELERATED BY POPULAR MOVEMENT/PROTESTS... THAT CHANGES PUTIN'S POWER/EMPIRE... He is now toast, never to have the arbitrary power he cultivated. WHERE is any discussion of the murder of all the anti-Putin journalists? Politkovskaya? Yet Putin can incarcerate a phony assassination attempt from long ago, NOW, just before elections? COME ON? this guy is a phony, Russia will be immensely improved if he is pushed out, allowing him to keep his billions in booty, just let Russia be WITHOUT PUTIN, & his 'crooks & thieves.' ... "Medvedev has produced a package of electoral changes that,,, put things back to the way they were a decade ago: elected regional heads, easier registration of parties. Two easy deductions: Putin agrees (FORCED) with the changes and, given that many of them have been circling around in discussions for some years, (NICE ASSUMPTION) they are not a result of the protests (although the timing may be connected).

R.C.

Putin's "billions of booty" is a myth. Please provide some hard evidence to support this. The protest movement will likely see declining numbers in the months ahead unless Putin screws up royally.

Alexander Mercouris

Dear Patrick,

An exceptionally good analysis, clear and cogent as always.

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