There was really never any doubt, I suppose. The man who has essentially been Russia’s dictator for the past decade and more has returned to the job of top honcho in the system of “vertical power” and “sovereign democracy,” which he has so very much helped to establish. There is no doubt or question that last Sunday’s presidential election in Russia was once again marred by fraud and cheating, but surely not enough to reduce the 60+ percent that Vladimir Putin got to below one-half of the total. The world, Latvia included, will simply have to accept th...
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