The unpredictable and vodka soaked Yeltsin then decided he was unhappy with the current Prime Minister and promptly replaced him with Putin, while simultaneously announcing to the people of Russia and the wider world that he saw him as his natural successor.
Only a few months would pass before Yeltsin would surprisingly resign making the increasingly more powerful Putin the Acting President of Russia in December 1999. That power would become official only three months later when in March 2000, Putin was elected as the President of Russia by defeating ten opponents.
His ascension to the highest office in Russia would be the first time in the country’s history where a transfer of power was peaceful and one that had a democratically elected President. As the newly appointed President, Putin would initially embrace more progressive policies, especially with regards to international relations.
He would approve the START II arms treaty, a bilateral treaty between the United States of America and Russia on the Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms and would support the early stages of the United States’ War on Terror after the events of September 11 but would not support their invasion of Iraq.
He would also make moves to improve relations with their communist bedfellow, China.
1 thought on “Vladimir Putin – The Polarizing Bear of Russia?”
Putin was / is no choir boy. He now lives in a billion dollar palace with lavish gardens and secluded acreage. He leaves a trail of executed enemies and I would wager unlike the cowardly Clintons, he didn’t hire someone to do his dirty work. My guess is he has acquired much of his wealth from stealing. He is / was a thief, murderer and bully.
That being said, he now promotes family, Christianity, a sovereign Russia. He loves his country.
Russian military soldiers are encouraged to be heterosexual not homosexual like here in America. No red high heel marches for Russian troop and none of this insane transgender nonsense.
Say what you will about Putin, but he always comes across with dignity and decorum unlike our womanizer Clinton, blustering big mouth Trump, queer, gay Obama, drunk at the podium Piglosi or senile pedophile Biden.
Russia at the moment can be proud, they at least have a leader that acts like a leader. He’s not perfect but Vladimir Putin is a hell of a lot better than the traitors in DC that have sold our country out and are for the most part all sexual perverts, drunkards and cocaine addicts.
I saw a picture of Putin as a young boy sitting on his mother’s lap. They are both rail thin and looked to be real Russian peasants. Vladimir Putin started out dirt poor. He had initiative, drive, focus and despite all the odds against him is now where he is at.