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Putin 2.0 - Global Public Square

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Published on Mar 1, 2012

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In last year's parliamentary (Duma) elections, current Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin's United Russia party had to stuff ballot boxes like crazy -- just to avoid falling too far below the 50 percent mark. Now, as Putin presents himself to voters this Sunday as the once-and-future president, there's clearly a bottom-up backlash brewing among the urban young and middle-classniks. Will it prevent a Putin win? Hardly. The only uncertainty here is how far "United" Russia will have to go to ensure a respectable victory margin. Whether anyone -- at home or abroad --will actually respect the process is another thing.

So, stipulating that Putin 2.0 is a given, here's Wikistrat's weekly crowd-sourced examination of what all this may mean for Mother Russia and the world at large.

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