President Putin Named Politician of Year in Russia
Russian President Vladimir Putin was named the politician of the year for a third consecutive year, a survey of the Public Opinion Foundation (FOM) has shown.
A total of 32% of Russians chose President Putin as the politician that has ‘distinguished himself in the outgoing year’, the Kommersant daily informed.
The second place is shared by Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu and LDPR (Liberal Democratic Party) leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky with 6% each.
Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, head of the Civil Platform party Mikhail Prokhorov and leader of the Communist Party of Russia (KPRF) Gennady Zyuganov shared the third place.
35% of all respondents were undecided.
"Some citizens are not interested in politics at all, and their number remains almost unchanged," FOM head Alexander Oslon said for Kommersant daily.
Sociologist Leonty Byzov, of the Russian Academy of Sciences commented that the top positions in the rating were once again taken by the political old-timers. According to the expert, "the stagnation in the political elites will last a long time".
On Syria. There is no peace in Syria so thre should be no prize for Putin. You don’t have to bomb a country to bits to put pressure on it (I protested against Iraq etc), but on the Syria question if China and Russia had come together with the rest of the world on a common approach then Bashar al-Assad may have just yielded. Now Russia supplies arms to him and the West were supplying to the opposition. This mess will now continue and cost more lives. Nobody deserves a prize when people in Syria are dying.
On Oligarchs. Granted Putin has made progress. Oligarchs should be charged correctly in the first place like they are in most countries, the fact they are not charged correctly in the first place in Russia highlights the weakness of the Russian Legal system. Putin should ensure the courts are functioning correctly but not get involved with individual cases and vendettas, as thee courts should be independent.
Huw, the great thing about Putin is that any oligarchs who mess with him end up in jail and when they get near the end of their sentence they face fresh charges and new trials and more jail time.
This does not happen anywhere else in the world. In so many countries wealth buys political influence which is wrong.
Its good Russians like Putin as they are going to have him for a very very long time. Overall Putin is bad for Russia because other countries generally dislike him thus companies now only deal with Russia begrudgingly. In this day and age countries cannot afford to be too isolated even if there is a load of oil. Even Ukraine one of it's closest friends is turning away.
Huw, is Your "I don't see any peace in Syria?" a question or an affirmation? And if the latter, then bombing Syria by the utmost "friendly", sure, Tomahawks, would be the real triumph of Democracy and Peace!
"Democracy wll come to You!", right, Huw?
Peter, it's not about "who else would dare", sorry, it's about the real opinion of the majority and this opinion rejects
the obvious, at least for me, fact: today Russia has no the equally strong, really strong leader as Putin. Is it bad or good for Russia, this is the question.