Putin's Russia

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Russians went to the polls yesterday and handed Vladimir Putin's party, United Russia, a landslide victory in the parliamentary elections. It came as no surprise — for weeks, election watchers have pointed to massive voter intimidation.

Putin, as he asserts his "moral authority" to lead Russia, may be an old-style Russian strong-man — but his grip on power is a mix of old and new. And what it means, not just for a resurgent Russia but for global politics, no one knows.

This hour, On Point: Vladimir Putin's grip on Russia, and Russia's place in the world.Guests:

Arkady Ostrovsky, Moscow correspondent for The Economist.

Dmitry Sidorov, Washington correspondent for Kommersant, a leading Russian newspaper.

Masha Lipman, Editor-in-chief, Pro et Contra Journal, Carnegie Moscow Center, and columnist for The Washington Post.

David Kramer, Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs at the State Department.

This program aired on December 3, 2007.


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