The day before yesterday, Russians overwhelmingly voted to erase Putin’s previous presidencies. That’s the official term used in Russia. Erase.
Putin’s presidential terms need to be erased so that he (or his double hence nobody knows when it’s actually Putin or one of his many doubles who make public appearances) can continue to be president. Question #1: why is it not a deeply smart idea to quote Russia Today as if it were an actual news source?
One might ask, if Russians want “Putin” to be president for 40 years and not just 20, why can’t they just proclaim him a monarch, cook up some familial links with the Romanovs (the last royal dynasty in Russia), and be done with it? Why go through the farce of a referendum and then repeat it with periodic elections?
That’s because Americans made it uncool and a sign of barbarity to have a multi-decade dictatorial rule. Everybody in the world now needs to pretend they have a democracy even when they don’t want it and can’t comprehend it. This is one of the many reasons Russians detest the US so much. This is why they constantly complain about the US exporting its icky values everywhere and imposing them on people.
I wouldn’t mind what they do in Russia and what sort of barbarity they espouse. (Did anybody hear about the recent law legalizing domestic violence in Russia? Cute stuff.) But they keep invading other countries and trying to act as “the real America” on the world scene.
People complain I don’t give regional updates any more, so I decided to share. As usual, anybody who tries to educate me about Russia will have to pass a small language and history proficiency test first.