I had a day off! Finally! Gospodin Putin called a long weekend for Russians this past weekend and he actually gave me the day off. The first one in months. Frankly, I didn’t know what to do with myself, but I did end up purchasing a couple rugs for my flat. I also had beers with a friend, and did the important task of counting all the money in my bank accounts. I’m saving a lot more now that Arkady is taking care of Tanya.
Anyway, I decided to post another blog, and this one is in response to “United Russia Loses Yet Another Election” written by Forbes.com columnist Mark Adomanis on March 19, 2012. As Americans love to say, when someone has skills of a particular kind, he has “game.” And that is what Putin has. After working for him for 12 years, I can say this with certainty. Mr. Adomanis does not take into account that my boss has many skills in the area of reinvention of self. They may be slight and hardly noticeable to some, but Putin knows how to change with the wind.
He separated himself from United Russia, the party he originally created. And I believe he will continue to separate from UR. Yes, Mr. Adomanis discusses the mayoral election in Togliatti, and yes, it is a large city, but Putin has options. He can completely break ties with UR to strengthen his image, or if need be he can extend his vertikal power structure down to the local governments. Putin is popular in the provinces, so I wouldn’t see this re-structuring as a problem, only to the West and the liberal hardliners in Piter and Moscow. Ask most Russians about Putin and they would say, “Why not Putin?”
The Western media loves to plot the demise of my boss, but the reality of the situation is Putin won the presidential elections. He is still popular in Russia, and the West is exaggerating the protests. It’s like your Occupy Movement. No one is storming the White House and trying to throw Obama out of power.
The protests were hard on Putin right before the presidential election. He walked around the house with shoulders curved in and took many meals in his office. But after he won, he realized the majority still want him in power. So (thank God) he’s been in a much better mood the past several days.
The moral of the story: Don’t count out my boss, Mr. Adomanis. Putin knows exactly what he’s doing and has the skills to back it up.