CBC - Our World Putin's Next Move ;;2007 12 09 avi
This week we look at Russia's president Vladimir Putin and where he's taking
his powerful, contradictory, and often unknowable country. His Party swept
parliamentary elections.Now he can write his ticket to the future. But where
does Vladimir Putin want to take Russia?
This past week, Russia held parliamentary elections. President Vladimir Putin's
Party, United Russia, won easily more than 60 percent of the votes despite
allegations by European observers of irregularities.
;;This victory is important because Putin, by law, has to step down from power in May after serving two ;; terms. His future is unclear and so his Party's majority now gives him lots of new options. ;;
The West is now looking at Russia with increasing alarm, unsure
how to interpret Putin and his ambitions.That's why we turn to two Russia
hands here at the CBC: Don Murray, based in London and Alexandra Szacka in
Don Murray brings valuable perspective to the question of Putin, having
reported from Russia during the exciting years of Gorbachev and Yeltsin.
Alexandra Szacka is the CBC's new reporter in Moscow with a journalism experience steeped in the Soviet and post-Communist era.
Vladimir Putin is among the last generation of Russian leaders raised under
the Soviet regime. We know he's an advocate of a strong, nationalist Russia and wants to revive its international influence.Every leader brings his own stamp to his era and
can shape history by the force of his personality. ;;
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