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2012 Presidential Elections: Russia

This is the second in a series of posts this year on the numerous presidential elections. The first post was on the election in Taiwan.

Vladimir Putin was elected this past Sunday to his third term as president. This comes after serving as prime minister for a term after two terms of president. He has essentially been the country's leader since he first became president.

This is good news for those who think Putin has been good for the country and particularly its stability and economy.

This is bad news for those who think Putin and his party are corrupt and control all of the important governmental and news agencies (including the election bureau and thereby most elections). For this growing opposition, Putin and United Russia (his party) are holding Russia back from true democracy.

"Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good" (Titus 3:1 NIV).


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今週初めて黒澤明の『隠し砦の三悪人』という映画を見ました。この三悪人とは、だれですか? 三船敏郎が演じる真壁六郎太(まかべろくたろう)と二人の百姓です。この3人の登場人物の関係はとても面白くて、全ての人間の弱さも愛される性質も示します。