Momentary lapse December 17, 2005Posted by BiB in Uncategorized.
…into politics. I know, I know. I said I wouldn’t. But the beeb seems to be touting Misha 2% as a serious political rival to Putin. (Nothing in the Russian service, admittedly.) It’s funny to see Kasyanov portrayed in the good-guy light as he was famed for being so brazenly corrupt in the past. So it’s interesting to see his PR transformation happening before our very eyes, and he can even hold his own in an English-language interview and say all the right things about how Russia is becoming less and less democratic and freedoms are disappearing under Putin. Even if he was staggeringly beautiful as a young man, I doubt this has much bearing on matters and I wonder what sort of standing he really has in Russia. Could he be a real potential presidential candidate? I’ve moaned about Kasyanov before, but anyone who gets the Putin Youth (note the Soviet .su, not Russian, website address) (maybe this was only because .ru was taken, but I doubt it) protesting against him might be worth his salt after all.