If former Russian leader Vladamir Putin thought he could simply move away from office and back in a smooth transition he was very much mistaken. His idea that he could leave office in order to fulfill Russian rules and then after the necessary time return seems to be backfiring on him.
This week Russia has had its taste of protest. The world's people seem to be hell bent on protesting right now. So many countries have had, or still have, protesters on their streets. It seems we are not happy bunnies. Russia of course knows all too well the power of the people. Its revolution in 1917 led to a communist regime that endured, even though ultimately without the will of the people. Strangely when the Soviet Union fell Russia had been deeply involved in a disastrous war in Afghanistan, much like the West right now.
The election results declared in Russia so far have shown that the ruling United Russia party had its share of the vote fall from 64% to 49% It did however remain the dominant party. Many of the electorate believe that corruption is rife.
This week US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, condemned Russia for its election failures. She said the people 'deserve a full investigation of electoral fraud and manipulation'. Yes they do, and we all know that. However the best advice to Hilary right now would be to "butt out". America seems to want to interfere in every country's affairs these days whilst its own country fails to solve its problems. Yes she is right in what she says but it is up to Russia and its people to try and resolve the matter. Interference should be a last ditch attempt when all else fails. For now shut up and wait. It could be that the Russian people will resolve the matter themselves. Instead of looking to the east how about looking closer to home, that is the US. Try putting some effort into curing your country's failings. Perhaps she keeps interfering in other countries to draw attention away from US failures?
Putin warned Clinton of Russian nuclear capabilities. That says it all about the man but the West should take heed. He accused Ms Clinton of inciting further protests.
Today, December 10, 2011, Russia has many protesters on its streets. The BBC has reported that Russia has agreed to allow protests in Moscow, but with some conditions applied. The number of protesters has been limited to 30,000. With 50,000 police and riot troops deployed for the event the protesters will be in a sticky position. The two sides reached an agreement over where the protest could take place in Moscow also, appeasing both sides.
At this time the protests have been quiet and orderly. In spite of the heavy police presence that could change. This week we have seen many protesters dragged off to face an uncertain fate in Russian cells.
Smaller protests are taking place around Russia today. In such a vast country it would have been hard for protesters to mobilise at one time, these days the Internet may even help Russians to do so. However the 1917 revolution proved that when there is a will there is a way. Accusations of Internet misuse by the Russian authorities has not been proved. Systems have been hacked but the perpetrators are not known. It may be fair to assume that it is the Russian authorities but there is nothing to say that it would not be the CIA playing its silly games, for example.
The BBC timeline of events has,
Eileen Kersey manages TEK Staff Blog