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State of Third Term

May 10, 2012, 14:11 UTC+3
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Putin will have to conquer Moscow for the development of Russia.

The third term of Vladimir Putin’s presidency plunges Russia into a new reality. Having openly staked on the province, employees of state-financed organisations and the defence industry sector the ruling tandem has clearly underestimated the protest potential of Moscow’s middle class. The RF capital is proceeding from the carnival-like demonstration of its opposition to the course pursued by the political elite to the open street disobedience, thus provoking the security agencies’ tough and senseless suppression of any open manifestation of dissent. Political scientists have warned that the majority that has for the third time led Putin into the Kremlin may prove to be not as monolithic as, in Moscow’s view, the ranks of workers from Nizhny Tagil where the president intends to pay the first visit in the capacity of the head of state already on Thursday.

Advertising Tragedy

The Sukhoi Superjet 100 airliner with which the Russian aviation authorities link the hopes for the return to international aircraft equipment markets, has been lost in Indonesia during an advertising campaign tour of Asian countries. Whatever the cause of the accident, it will deal a major blow to the reputation of the national aircraft industry.

For Peaceful Living

After the RF president’s inauguration the Patriarch of Moscow and All-Russia asks the Almighty to counsel the head of state.

A traffic jam of cars with ‘blinkers’ in Mokhovaya Street and the totally empty city with Vladimir Putin’s motorcade moving to the Kremlin – for the inauguration time Moscow assumed a surrealistic look. The solemn footage of federal TV channels that broadcasted the ceremony of the new president’s taking office, for obvious reasons, omitted the clashes of the opposition with the police that by May 7 were going on for a second day.

Century Record

For the first time over the past 12 years the RF prime minister fails to get 300 votes of State Duma Members.

The agreements were complied with: right on the inauguration day – May 7, Putin put forward to the State Duma Medvedev’s candidature for prime minister, and on May 8 Medvedev was approved on the new post. Only two factions – United Russia, LDPR and several more parliamentarians supported Medvedev’s candidature. The MPs’ 299 votes is the record minimum for a person taking office of the Russian prime minister in the 21st century.


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