When will Putin engineer the crisis

that will get the constitution amended to keep him in power?  Certainly the Jamestown people see little but infighting built into the new government…

UPDATE:  How foolish could I be?  Putin won’t engineer a crisis… he’ll just change the job titles!

We’d all like to issue a warm welcome to President/Prime-Minister/Speaker of the Duma/Princip Putin…

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  1. Infighting in Russian politics is not just entertainment, but a high art.

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  2. Anna

     /  October 1, 2007

    Why do I have deja vu? Ah, wait, I just read the Life of Augustus recently…:-)

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  3. Happycrow

     /  October 1, 2007

    Yes, but Anna, Augustus’ political manuvers were innovative, back before they had windmills… now we can see why the Ukrainians we met call Russians sheep… as usual, constitutions mean nothing in Russia. Of course, say that in Russia, and somebody is likely to shoot you to death… yet another feature of that lovely northern paradise.

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  4. Anna

     /  October 1, 2007

    We agree on that..still, it’s entertaining to know that he reads his classics, like a good schoolboy…

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  5. Anna, I just got through with a rather fictional story about Cicero myself. The research on the book was pretty good, IMHO, and the political infighting around Crassus, Pompey and Ceasar and the rest sometimes made me think I was reading a biography of a modern politician. The constant playing of the Plebs against the aristocrats against the ‘knights’ made for some decent modern DC reading.

    No coincidence that the Russians assumed that they were the new Constantinople.

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  6. Anna

     /  October 2, 2007

    Cool; which book? Is this one of Steven Saylor’s Sub Rosa series? He is a classicist trained historian, so his books are always excellent.

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  7. It was a book I picked up desperation at an airport bookstore, by Robert Harris. It is written from the point of view of Cicero’s secretary, a slave, and, like I said earlier, it is definately a historical novel rather than a scholarly work, but he carries the attitudes and overall events pretty well.

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  8. It is a Robert Harris book I picked up in a desperate act at a airport bookstore.

    Certainly fiction, but it really was not badly done.

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  9. Anna

     /  October 2, 2007

    I need to check it out. Your description fit Steven Saylor’s books very well–worth seeking out. He is a really good writer, especially the first one in the series, ‘Roman Blood” is excellent, with young Cicero and Tyro…

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