This chapter reveals Vladimir Putin’s choice of the next presidential candidate after his tenure ends in March 2008 and demonstrates his unwillingness to give off power. Putin’s selection of Dimitry Medvedev as the next presidential candidate has had a significant impact on the country’s electoral process. Medvedev expressed his desire to appoint Putin as the next Prime Minister of the country, a development which demonstrates that Putin only changed his constitutional position; he does not hand over absolute authority over the affairs of the country. The autocratic attitude of these two leaders demonstrates utter disregard for the constitution and democratic principles. Putin’s choice also demonstrates that the whole electoral process turned into a farce due to such autocratic decisions of the leaders. Russia’s citizens disregard these political developments as Putin played a key role in the country’s economic growth and development, and is also instrumental in improving the country’s image internationally.
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