Putin, Oligarchy and Alt-Media Delusion
One of the big pro-Putin myths floating around the alt-media blogosphere is that because the ex-KGB chief jailed and/or exiled a number of corrupt oligarchs during his rise to power, then that must mean Putin is against oligarchy itself. Wrong. Merriam-Webster’s definition of oligarchy is:
oligarchy: a country, business, etc., that is controlled by a small group of people
the people that control a country, business, etc.
government or control by a small group of people
Russia under Putin’s reign fits precisely that description: the entire country is run like a giant corporation rigidly controlled by Putin and his hand-selected cabinet of sycophantic yes-men. In 2008, Putin modified Russian law to allow a six year presidential term instead of four, keeping himself on as prime minister while his hand picked puppet Dmitry Medvedev assumed the presidency. Having been “re-elected” as president again in 2012, Putin is projected to remain in control until 2024: that would be 24 consecutive years of Putin domination in Russia.