There is something about Vladimir Putin that is quite ominous. Since he has taken over Russia as the second President, it seems that Russia is becoming increasingly a dictatorship! Do you agree with this assessment or not?
Under him all of the power in Russia is arguably more consolidated and centralised than it was even under Stalin. I don't think Russia's ever really been anything other than a dictatorship since the Bolsheviks.
Yes I think you are correct, the problem is that there is no real alternative to Putin's party, there is the communist party that wants to re-institute the USSR and then there is the far right party that wants to invade much of eastern Europe thus far Putin's party is the only logical choice for people who are not communists or right wingers so while he is not great I think most people consider him better than the alternatives.
I don't think dictatorship more plutarchy as in power and wealth weilded by the few. You only have to look at the United Russia Party members either rich,famous or connected to the rich and famous.
The problem did not begin with Putin, but Yeltsin. We should remember it was Yeltsin who turned the tanks on the white house. It was Yeltsin who illegally dissolved parliament in conflict with the constitution. He had to take these measures as a result of the unpopularity and disastrous consequences of capitalist reform. This behaviour by Russia's so called first democratic President set the political rules and normalized the centralizing authoritarian tendency that would follow. Remember how Putin got power in the first place, by striking a deal to keep Yeltsin out of prison in exchange for the Presidency. Also remember that Yeltsin was rigging elections long before Putin. The Russian plutocracy of the bourgeoisie are determined to defeat democracy, in other words, to defeat the Communist Party by any method available.
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