Russia's Minorities Help Putin Back to Power

There are 30 comments on the blogs.wsj.com story from Mar 5, 2012, titled Russia's Minorities Help Putin Back to Power. In it, blogs.wsj.com reports that:

So you thought the strongman Vladimir Putin was a nationalist, the darling of his ethnic Russian kin? Think again. Figures from the Central Election Commission suggest strongly that he scored most heavily in regions where Russians are thin on the ground, and where it’s easiest to massage the vote.

According to Russia’s Central Election Commission, Mr. Putin scored most weakly in the historic Slavic heartlands of ancient Rus, and got his best results where ethnic Russians are relatively few, especially in the regions of the North Caucasus.

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“Pink Ponies of Justice”

Since: Sep 07

Russia

#1 Mar 5, 2012
Mr. Putin received 99.8% of the vote in Chechnya, and 93.2% in Dagestan, the republic where much of the unrest has migrated since Mr. Putin’s protege Ramzan Kadyrov consolidated control over Chechnya. The story is the same in Ingushetia and Karachaevo-Cherkassiya in the south and, just as intriguingly, in the strongholds of the Russian Federation’s two largest ethnic minorities, Tatarstan and Bashkortostan. By contrast, the President-elect scored worst of all in his own capital, the richest and most sophisticated district in the country. Moscow city was the only electoral district where Mr. Putin failed to score an absolute majority, getting only 47% of the vote.

The pattern seems clear: Mr. Putin’s support is strongest where the European culture of political plurality has barely, if ever, taken root: regions where local strongmen can be relied upon to get the vote out with no questions asked. In areas with a higher quota of ethnic Russians and generally more advanced—if often decaying–economic infrastructure, his support is markedly weaker. Far from championing the “korennoy narod”—the roots of the nation—as he once boasted, Mr. Putin has ridden back to power on the back of Russia’s minorities, or rather on the lieutenants that Mr. Putin appointed for them.
Lukashenko is Dr Phil

Finland

#2 Mar 5, 2012
Yeah rich only because oil loot stolen from those oil rich regions you mentioned. No one disputes that Chechnya how ever was democratic only on profartys ukrainka standards.

“Dimitri at the races in Russia”

Since: Jan 10

Loved everywhere

#3 Mar 6, 2012
Putinko won clearly.
Some say, he is in until 2020 & beyond.
He must be loved by those Russian kholkhozniks everywhere.
All we need is for Yanuko in Ukrainka to win in similar fashion & love is everywhere.
Lukashenko is Dr Phil

Finland

#4 Mar 6, 2012
Crazy can feel the love after few sips from the bottle.

“Pink Ponies of Justice”

Since: Sep 07

Russia

#5 Mar 6, 2012
Meteor was anti-Putin voters being fired into Atlantic

Experts said the bright orange ball was most likely a 49ft long double-decker that would have been filled with Russian troublemakers and then fired from President Putin's massive, secret cannon.

Julian Cook, professor of dissident ballistics at Roehampton University, said: "This is the same cannon which he will soon use to crush us."

Astronomers expect regular anti-Putin showers over the next few weeks as the Earth moves closer to the vernal equinox and Putin rounds-up everyone who does not find him sexually devastating.

Cook added: "People in the north of Scotland could see two or three flaming buses a night. How magnificent it will be to witness these celestial chariots arcing their way high over the Baltic sea.

"With a decent pair of binoculars and a clear sky you may even catch a glimpse of the people inside the bus and their defeated expressions."

Putin was re-elected with 257% of the vote and immediately pledged to be strong, bad-tempered and immensely ruthless in the interests of all Russians, whether they voted for him or were exercising their democratic right to be at the bottom of the Atlantic.

The normally invincible leader then broke down in tears after an aid whispered to him that his cannon had worked perfectly and he was now unstoppable.

“Dimitri at the races in Russia”

Since: Jan 10

Loved everywhere

#6 Mar 6, 2012
Putinko is the best thing for Russia.
Even you crazy should be able to see it, maybe ?

“Hope for Best- Expect Worst”

Since: Jan 07

Somewhere in Colorado

#7 Mar 6, 2012
Pesky army wrote:
Putinko won clearly.
Some say, he is in until 2020 & beyond.
He must be loved by those Russian kholkhozniks everywhere.
All we need is for Yanuko in Ukrainka to win in similar fashion & love is everywhere.
Hopefully love and safety everywhere.
Blah-Blah

United States

#8 Mar 6, 2012
Stefanya wrote:
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Hopefully love and safety everywhere.
Oh you're going to get plenty of "love" lardass....at $2 a pop even a pig like you can make me some cash.

Heh-Heh.

“Dimitri at the races in Russia”

Since: Jan 10

Loved everywhere

#9 Mar 6, 2012
Stefanya wrote:
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Hopefully love and safety everywhere.
Even though, I am not too happy with Putinko, but currently there is no better than him.
Observer

United States

#10 Mar 6, 2012
coolncrazy wrote:
Meteor was anti-Putin voters being fired into Atlantic
Experts said the bright orange ball was most likely a 49ft long double-decker that would have been filled with Russian troublemakers and then fired from President Putin's massive, secret cannon.
Interesting. America is pleased with such news. We've been waiting a long time to find another Pinochet to nuzzle up to. If he needs oceanographic charts or advice on pre-drop pacification tranquilizers to help him target his airdrops, we can help.
tarmo

Tallinn, Estonia

#11 Mar 6, 2012
coolncrazy wrote:
...Far from championing the “korennoy narod”—the roots of the nation—as he once boasted, Mr. Putin has ridden back to power on the back of Russia’s minorities, or rather on the lieutenants that Mr. Putin appointed for them.
I tend to agree with the last part of the last sentence.

“UG X”

Since: Jan 09

Location hidden

#12 Mar 7, 2012
tarmo wrote:
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I tend to agree with the last part of the last sentence.
I still believe that Putin would win anyway. Russians will always believe in good tsar and great RuSSia.

“Dimitri at the races in Russia”

Since: Jan 10

Loved everywhere

#13 Mar 7, 2012
Some say, even your dad voted for Putinko in the local tavern.

SWG

Since: Feb 10

Houston, Texas

#14 Mar 7, 2012
Pesky army wrote:
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Even though, I am not too happy with Putinko, but currently there is no better than him.
So in your view he is the lesser of other evils then?
Lukashenko is Dr Phil

Finland

#15 Mar 7, 2012
SWG have you been penetrated by pike the fart yet.

SWG

Since: Feb 10

Houston, Texas

#16 Mar 7, 2012
Lukashenko is Dr Phil wrote:
SWG have you been penetrated by pike the fart yet.
Drinking again I see. BTW, no I have not.
Lukashenko is Dr Phil

Finland

#17 Mar 7, 2012
SWG wrote:
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Drinking again I see. BTW, no I have not.
Drinking? Who you think I am. Your leader Bush?

SWG

Since: Feb 10

Houston, Texas

#18 Mar 7, 2012
Lukashenko is Dr Phil wrote:
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Drinking? Who you think I am. Your leader Bush?
Ahhh, I see also you don't get much news either. Bush has been out of office almost 4 years now. Go sleep it off.
Lukashenko is Dr Phil

Finland

#19 Mar 7, 2012
SWG wrote:
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Ahhh, I see also you don't get much news either. Bush has been out of office almost 4 years now. Go sleep it off.
Yankee doodle look up the word sarcasm on the dictionary.

SWG

Since: Feb 10

Houston, Texas

#20 Mar 7, 2012
Lukashenko is Dr Phil wrote:
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Yankee doodle look up the word sarcasm on the dictionary.
I know that!!..))) Just figured if we were to play the game we might as well play it for the whole string...))) No harm, no foul.

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