Vladimir Putin won an easy re-election on March 4, he reclaimed his position as President of Russia after a four year absence. Putin won the majority of the vote with 64% to his nearest opponent’s 17%; with numbers like these you would think they were stealing the election. Certainly the Putin administration is corrupt and tyrannical, they have been accused of many crimes including murder, indefinite imprisonment, and suppression of political opponents. With such a pedigree you would have thought he would be perfect for the Democratic primary.
However undemocratic Russia may seem, Vladimir Putin’s administration is nothing out of the ordinary, in fact it is a great improvement from the Presidency of Boris Yeltsin.
Russia has seen a series of anti-Putin protests, which the western media has indulged. The western media has seen to promote the oppression of the Russian people, not because Putin is the most authoritarian leader in the world but because his government is one of the last refuges of European nationalism. Putin may be the only man who can save his country, Putin is Russian first, second and third; which flies in the face the neo-international worldview of many in western media. Putin, regardless of the harsh authoritarianism is delving headfirst to tackle the great crisis Western Civilization; the obliteration of our sovereignty and the death spiral of Western people.
Russia’s abundant supply of natural resources including oil, gas, and timber have allowed the nation to retain a certain realm of independence. Putin has done what many others in his position have failed, being a player in the world stage without being submissive to international expectations of judicial fairness, social justice and diversity. Putin’s opposition to conformity on social and economic justice is partly why many in the western media are over zealous to cover the recent protests of Putin’s re-election, yet it stands that many American conservatives who gawk at Putin would praise a leader of their own with such boldness. Conservatives fawn over Chris Christie just for standing up to teachers.
Putin, who has been labeled as the face of the resergent USSR and a KGB tyrant, has been able to withstand the international pressures of conformity. He has remained defiant against both President Bush and Obama, as well as Europe, on a wide array of issues including Syria, Iran, and Georgia. Putin’s defiance remained strong even when then Republican nominee John McCain in solidarity with Georgia during their 2008 conflict with Russia announced to the American people, “today we’re all Georgians”.