Prime Minister Putin?

The landscape of Russia’s politics experienced another seismic change when Vladimir Putin announced he would lead a political party in the country’s upcoming parliamentary election. The Russian president also stated he would not dismiss the possibility of becoming prime minister after he leaves the presidency.

In Context considers the implications of Putin’s decision. Is it a political ploy to ensure a smooth transition of power as the Russian president leaves office in 2008? Or is it a move that strengthens Russia’s democracy? There is much speculation, but few doubt that Russia’s politics is entering uncharted territory.