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Russia's having it's basically shametastic election today that'll put Dmitry Medvedev is the President's office, at which point Putin is supposed to become Prime Minister and keep running the country. I guess the only real question is whether or not that gambit of Putin's will work or if over time Medvedev will use his office's large de jure powers to endure that he's de facto running the country. It's worth recalling that when Putin first took office, he was seen as a cipher handpicked by Boris Yeltsin to do the Yeltsin clan's bidding.

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