The entire world, including Barack Obama’s America, is alike in abusing power. In America, the compulsion on the citizen from whom the people in power derive constitutional authority can be overbearing to support those in elected office.
People’s job is to vote on ballot day and then to use bullets on each other in frustration. The elected are guarded physically by the United States Secret Service and electronically by the nation’s intelligence to ensure technical compliance with the de facto stricture of support for their policies and actions, no matter the consequences.
Participation is a staged rally, a shell game, a dog and pony show wrapped in the garb of free speech only permitted to the institutionalized press with privileged access to the institutions of government.
Moral relativism on the eve of Russia’s election is not the answer. Clinton’s United States had supported a perpetually inebriated Yeltsin and looted Russia. Its response is Putin, however corrupt he may be in cahoots with his loyalists within.
At least the Putin oligarchs keep capital from flying out of the resource-rich country that was meant to be in transition similar to China since the days of Yuri Andropov. Gorbachev understood this well and so does Putin.
Since Clinton – US Department of State, Council On Foreign Relations, and The Brookings Institution – the public-private Washington foreign policy clique is full of Russian-hating emigrant Jews out of Russia into US and Israel, including Madeline Albright whose family, similar to Henry Kissinger’s, had emigrated from Europe, many years ago when they were young children. They made foreign policy for personal reasons because they did not like Russians.
The United States had missed the boat on adopting Nixon’s ideas for the post-1989 Soviet sphere of influence in eastern Europe. Russia needed an a la Marshall Plan used in the post-World War II European west, not the exodus of financial capital acquired through its natural resource exports.
This is what ought to happen, better late than never, in this order:
(1) P5 (the permanent 5 members of the United Nations Security Council) + 1 (Germany) must facilitate peace between Israel and Iran/Palestine working together with the Arab League at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna later this year
(2) Missile defense in Europe must be dropped by the United States
(3) Russia must be admitted to the World Trade Organization (WTO), an accession that is long overdue
(4) US and Russia must commit to GlobalZero
(5) The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) must be merged into a new global G20 Security Alliance (GSA)
(6) The European Union (EU) must pursue EU-Russia integration through 2050 in parallel as the EU expands and integrates, with or without one or more monetary unions
Vladimir Putin is the best candidate to transition the Russian Federation to a viable multiparty democracy appropriately, as he has already done and is doing.