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Putin saves TV crew from a tiger

Just to show you that Vladimir Putin is not just your average joe,  apparently he took time off from manipulating Dmitri Medvedev and taking Russia to the brink of war to save a TV crew from a escaped tiger.

They were off at some animal sanctuary on the way to see this captive tiger, and somehow it escaped and charged at them.  So Putin grabbed a tranquilizer gun and shot it.

I know it sound ridiculous, but you can’t just make this stuff up.

Apparently there’s some video floating around of the incident, and it’s actually pretty funny.  Putin has his assisstant load  the tranq gun and show him how to shoot it before taking aim at the big cat.  Frankly, the tiger didn’t even look that aggressive.

Politics

Putin won’t go away

As you probably have heard, Russia is going through a pretty turbulent time.  There was a hell of a time trying to contest the presidential election.  It got very little coverage because no opposition was really allowed.

The two gentlemen you see pictured at the top are Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev.  Putin, the outgoing president of Russia, was constitutionally prohibited from seeking another term.  So instead, he concocted a different way of staying in power.  He crushed political opposition, jailing those who supported them financially and making it tough to get their message out.

So he hand-picked his successor.  Medvedev is not a great leader.  He’s not charasmatic, he’s not even necessarily the popular choice.  But he does have his uses.  Immediately after ‘winning’ the election, he nominated his sugar daddy (Putin) to be the Prime Minister.  Russian parliament just approved this nomination and so now he is still pretty much in power.

The biggest worry is that Medvedev is simply a puppet figure and not really in charge.  Even worse, after one term, Putin is free to seek the presidency again!   Putin seems desperate to raise Russia’s profile on the world stage.  He’s taken a firm line against what he sees as a Western threat.  NATO is starting to creep closer, with some of the neighbouring countries in talks to join the alliance.  Russia’s doing their best to stop this, even using its massive gas and oil supplies to strong-arm these countries.

Economic pressure has become the new nuclear arsenal in what is looking more and more like a cold-war attitude.  Instead of the threat of nuclear destruction, it’s now a threat of cutting off some of the main pipelines delivering oil and gas to Europe.

So basically, Putin will be in power for many, many years to come.  This may not be that terrible, considering Russians still seem to love him.  But the danger is that will destabilize the region and be a obstacle in progress in general.