Sunday, March 04, 2012

Russia and Iran - Days of Voting

The above picture has been taken from a life transmission of RUSSIA TODAY, Spanish service, showing early voters in the Far East of Russia. After having passed through 9 time zones, the elections will finally reach Moscow. However, the result seems to be clear from the beginning: Putin's supporters will almost certainly prevail.

On the occasion of the Russian elections, different German TV stations enlightened us with a portrait of Vladimir Putin, a tough person with unusual strength and determination and who "came in from the cold" in more than only one single meaning of the word. He is not bluffing either ..... When questioned in an interview about the notorious U.S. missile shield against Iran, he managed to laugh heartily as if confronted with a merry joke. According to him, all those detection facilities in countries neighbouring Russia and that should enable an early response to any Iranian missile attack, are rather serving control of Russia's airspace than any other purpose.

Further information on U.S. missile defense in Russia's backyard is included in another recent blogspot of mine: Iran - Who is threatening whom ?

Anybody interested in Russia's political system might like to read the following article, published by RUSSIA TODAY, state TV, on March 2, 2012:
Russian politics doesn't fit the Western mold


Lets now consider the Iranian elections that took place the day before. First results are showing the dominance of religious leader Ayatollah Khamenei. According to a Russian analyst, candidates of the opposing reformist movement have lost credibility because of their alleged links with U.S. supporters.

الداخلية الإيرانية: نسبة المشاركة في الانتخابات البرلمانية تجاوزت
According to the Iranian [ministry of the] interior, the proportion
of participants in the parliamentary elections exceeds 64%.
[Al-Jazeera, Arabic service]

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