Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin
The chief of Russia’s second-largest opposition get together has named the eight candidates he believes are almost definitely to exchange Vladimir Putin as Russian president.
Vladimir Zhirinovsky additionally jokingly added himself to the combination.
Well-known for his passionate, patriotic rhetoric and confrontational type, Zhirinovsky is usually mocked as a clown by the media and intelligentsia, however is Russia’s hottest political determine exterior of the federal government.
A latest Levada ballot put his ‘belief score’ at 13 p.c. That’s greater than 4 instances greater than the Western-leaning opposition determine Alexey Navalny (three p.c).
WNU Editor: I’m not a fan of Vladimir Zhirinovsky. However he’s proper that Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin is the one who’s finest positioned to take over ought to Putin retire within the coming yr. Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin is seen by many Russians to be somebody who will break from the previous, with out all the luggage of Putin (although he was appointed by him). One other attraction is that he has proven himself to be a succesful supervisor of the nation’s affairs throughout these troublesome instances. The truth that he has the total help of Putin additionally helps him. The true check shall be when he campaigns within the subsequent election (if Putin doesn’t), and can he have the ability to entice the identical bloc of voters which have all the time supported Putin …. the aged/pensioners, the Russian Orthodox Church, the paperwork, and the rising center and entrepreneurial class.