PUTIN ON THE RITZ: Putin Replaces 'Buddy' Medvedev as new 'elected tzar'


PUTIN ON THE RITZ: Putin Replaces 'Buddy' Medvedev as new  'elected tzar'
by Darius Kadivar

Vladimir Putin has declared victory in Russia's presidential elections, returning for a third term after spending the last four years as the country's PM. (See Related BBC News)



Good Luck to the Great Russian People who wil have to put up with this tragic comedy to 2024 ... 


And so will I’m afraid the rest of the world for better or worst ... 

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