posted on Dec, 27 2004 @ 10:37 PM
I don't think its quite fair to say that Putin is returning to the old imperialistic and stalinistic ways of the USSR. He's certainly and clearing
centralizing and consolidating power, in this article he effectively makes the regional governors a part of a presidental administrative
staff/bureacracy, but that, in itself, isn't 'bad' or evil. Its just centralizing.
Then again, there's definitly a trend torwards more power for the office of the president, and I don't think putin has any term limits, so it at
least results in a de facto increase of putin's autocracy.