March 3, 2008
Tired of competitive elections? Of well matched, talented candidates fighting it out in debates, covered by a free media? Then I give you Russia, where Putin was just able to engineer the victory of his unknown aid. Yes, the fix was in. The media is in the regimes pocket, real opposition has been hounded from the political area, and the only people left to face Putin an company are the communists and the ultra-nationalist. Democracy may not be dead in Russia, but its in a deep coma. A family-must-consider-its-options kind of coma.