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Putin fast-tracks effort to extend his rule in Russia

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President for Life Putin ... how very Russian.  

There are only three ways any dictator gives up power. They all start with a d: death, disability, or deposed. At some point one will end Putin's reign in Russia.

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Putin is the worse type of dictator who believes they are  irreplaceable.He's addicted to power.

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The return of the Russian czar, or with Putin's far right politics would he rather be called kaiser.

A hard working pencil pushing technocrat can be Prime Minister.

A corrupt KGB agent.

No need to be an elitist billionaire like in most other countries.

Now said to be the richest man in the world. How much money did he personally make from Yukos Oil and the other businesses he and his comrades took control of. Waiting for 'can't prove it', 'the west is worse', 'the CIA did it'.

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Stop giving Trump and Abe ideas!

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But pro-left are better?

Yeah.

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Remember what you said yesterday; You do what you can to stay alive in this business...

Putin does it, Boris Johnson does it, the Democrats do it are doing it and Trump, if anyone has power why would you want to give it up? Gates, Cook, Musk? No, they wouldn’t.

Uh, we're talking about colluding and shaking down a foreign government - I don't know what you're talking about...

That certainly applies to Donnie and Vlad's enduring partnership

And Barack and Medi

Thanks for agreeing with me on Donnie and Vlad's enduring partnership. But I don't think Barack promised to build Medi a Penthouse in the Trump Tower Moscow. Or said he believed him over his own Intel agencies. Or allowed him out of the IRBM Treaty or cut and run in Syria giving Russia free rein.

And newsflash - Barack hasn't been President in 3 years...though we now he and Hillary haunt Trumper's brains 24/7....

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Sure, protect Bush II,

Yes.

Can you finally post the names of your non-partisan historians who regard his presidency as a successful one?

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Look, I could care less what Putin does. I just feel bad for the people that total freedom and democracy eludes them

If you really believed that, you wouldn't be a Trumper....

Remember what you said yesterday; You do what you can to stay alive in this business...

That certainly applies to Donnie and Vlad's enduring partnership.

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Is there a legit reason for the constitutional change, other than to extend power?

If there's legit reason, the Russian people would be talking about it - but even the Russian people are surprised by this

There’s equality of opportunity for ya.

A hard working pencil pushing technocrat can be Prime Minister.

So long as the person is elected by the people. Who ever heard of a Prime Minister who's not even elected by the people

It's not equality of opportunity if the Prime Minister is appointed - because then it becomes "who you know". There's no opportunity for others to run for election

No need to be an elitist billionaire like in most other countries.

Are ya talking about Trump?

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Can you finally post the names of your non-partisan historians who regard his presidency as a successful one?

Jim, I did. 

This is wearing thin. I missed it despite asking you dozens of times. Your evasiveness is very suspicious.

Just post the names. I’ll do the rest. I like reading different views of important leaders from the right and the left and particularly the views of non-partisan historians. This helps to understand the present.

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In case anyone was confused, yeah, the Russian style of government sucks.

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Today: Putin fast-tracks effort to extend his rule in Russia...

Tomorrow: Trump suggest US copy Russian style reforms...

The Master speaks and the Puppet mimics...

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@bas4F  I could care less what Putin does

You've been consistent on that. You've written many times people should just ignore Putin's 'meddling' in US affairs and his attempts to undermine US systems, as long as he helps Trump.

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Thanks for agreeing with me on Donnie and Vlad's enduring partnership.

Isn't it a good thing that the leaders of the world's two biggest nuclear powers get along despite Trump doing stuff that Putin doesn't like? It's bad? Oh, OK.

Get along? More like Master and Poodle...

But I don't think Barack promised to build Medi a Penthouse in the Trump Tower Moscow. 

No, he promised that he would have more flexibility after his re-election. If Romney hadn't made that dumbass 47% comment Obama might have lost and then he wouldn't have had any flexibility.

Newsflash - Obama hasn't been President in 3 years - and hasn't talked to Medi...

Whereas Donnie has had 3 Summits with Vlad where he licked his boots, and then they had secret "no transcript" talks where they plotted Russian interference in 2020...or maybe about that Moscow penthouse...

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Get along? More like Master and Poodle...

Which explains liberals fascination with that country.

Trump's a Lib now? More big news!

Obama hasn't been President in 3 years - and hasn't talked to Medi...

But you guys went on about Bush for 7 and still, so we have all the time in the world....

Sure, protect Bush II, your fellow NEOCON. What did Donnie say about the Iraq War?

Whereas Donnie has had 3 Summits with Vlad where he licked his boots, and then they had secret "no transcript" talks where they plotted Russian interference in 2020...or maybe about that Moscow penthouse...

Amazing how one person on JT knows this and everyone else just doesn’t. So let me ask the expert of all things considering Russia. What are his plans for his country for the next 20 years? ROFL!

Well, if history is any guide, to be more like his Master Putin...but that will be tough from Rikers Island where he'll be playing 4D chess with Manafort, Stone, and Flynn...

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The big takeaway here is that all the purported “Russia experts” in the West were totally surprised by all this.

Which just goes to show that the talking heads on TV really have no idea what happens in the Kremlin.

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In case anyone was confused, yeah, the Russian style of government sucks.

I agree. As a pro-democracy 'westerner' I'm worried that the global spread of far right politics with authoritarian leaders like Putin seen as hero will further undermine the remaining bits of freedom democratic systems can provide. It appears the far right want a 'strong man' to tell them what they can and cannot do, while hoping the 'strong man' will step on those not from their demographic. Which sounds like political movements found in Italy and Germany in the 1930s.

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There’s equality of opportunity for ya.

A hard working pencil pushing technocrat can be Prime Minister.

No need to be an elitist billionaire like in most other countries.

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Remember what you said yesterday; You do what you can to stay alive in this business...

Putin does it, Boris Johnson does it, the Democrats do it are doing it and Trump, if anyone has power why would you want to give it up? Gates, Cook, Musk? No, they wouldn’t.

That certainly applies to Donnie and Vlad's enduring partnership

And Barack and Medi

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Thanks for agreeing with me on Donnie and Vlad's enduring partnership.

Isn't it a good thing that the leaders of the world's two biggest nuclear powers get along despite Trump doing stuff that Putin doesn't like? It's bad? Oh, OK.

But I don't think Barack promised to build Medi a Penthouse in the Trump Tower Moscow. 

No, he promised that he would have more flexibility after his re-election. If Romney hadn't made that dumbass 47% comment Obama might have lost and then he wouldn't have had any flexibility.

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Nope, those were your words -

As were Barack and Medi

Yea, and you don't either...

Never claimed I did, but for some reason, liberals think they know Putin’s thinking....

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Is there a legit reason for the constitutional change, other than to extend power?

If there's legit reason, the Russian people would be talking about it - but even the Russian people are surprised by this

No, it’s just a power grab. Of course the people don’t want it, but I doubt Vlad cares about what the masses want.

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Russia should just do what China did, getting rid of the term limit in a quick stroke. Embrace your history and tradition and there's nothing to be ashamed about.

Western democracy doesn't work everywhere nor is it the only "correct" way in the grand picture of mankind

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Get along? More like Master and Poodle...

Which explains liberals fascination with that country.

Obama hasn't been President in 3 years - and hasn't talked to Medi...

But you guys went on about Bush for 7 and still, so we have all the time in the world....

Whereas Donnie has had 3 Summits with Vlad where he licked his boots, and then they had secret "no transcript" talks where they plotted Russian interference in 2020...or maybe about that Moscow penthouse...

Amazing how one person on JT knows this and everyone else just doesn’t. So let me ask the expert of all things considering Russia. What are his plans for his country for the next 20 years? ROFL!

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I agree. As a pro-democracy 'westerner'

Lol!

I'm worried that the global spread of far right politics

But pro-left are better?

with authoritarian leaders like Putin seen as hero will further undermine the remaining bits of freedom democratic systems can provide. It appears the far right want a 'strong man' to tell them what they can and cannot do, while hoping the 'strong man' will step on those not from their demographic. Which sounds like political movements found in Italy and Germany in the 1930s.

Look, I could care less what Putin does. I just feel bad for the people that total freedom and democracy eludes them

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Yeah.

Apparently not and judging by the economy, doesn’t remotely look like people will warm up to it especially now. Anyway, this move by Vlad doesn’t really surprise me, why would he want to give up power? Putin will be the continuing Czar of Russia until his last breath.

You've been consistent on that. You've written many times people should just ignore Putin's 'meddling' in US affairs and his attempts to undermine US systems, as long as he helps Trump

Dunno about that, when I think of 2011 and the conversation Barack and Medvedev had, it would seem more and more that the Dems are benefiting from all of this actually.

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Uh, we're talking about colluding and shaking down a foreign government - I don't know what you're talking about...

Most liberals don’t, it’s alright.

Thanks for agreeing with me on Donnie and Vlad's enduring partnership.

As well as Barack and Medi.

But I don't think Barack promised to build Medi a Penthouse in the Trump Tower Moscow. Or said he believed him over his own Intel agencies. Or allowed him out of the IRBM Treaty or cut and run in Syria giving Russia free rein. 

You don’t know what they said except for the missile defense shield....

And newsflash - Barack hasn't been President in 3 years...

Don’t worry, you guys went on about Bush for 7 and still, so we have all the time in the world....

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Trump's a Lib now?

No, but Nancy and her Klan is.

Sure, protect Bush II,

Yes.

Well, if history is any guide, to be more like his Master Putin...

No, I think Putin’s consolidation on power will ultimately destroy that country or a civil war could one day break out.

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Can you finally post the names of your non-partisan historians who regard his presidency as a successful one?

Jim, I did. And also, the thread is about Putin. Keep it there.

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This is wearing thin. I missed it despite asking you dozens of times.

Keep checking

Your evasiveness is very suspicious. 

Never, not my style.

Alexei Navalny, Russia's most prominent opposition leader, tweeted that Putin's proposals reflected the 67-year-old president's intention to “rule until he dies.”

Yeah, that seems highly plausible, sadly.

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