Vladimir Putin's obsession to see him at the presidency for the third time has stirred an unending debate whether Russia should experiment with nominations or would there ever be a true evolutionary process. The pseudo-democracy has bred discontent and the ante has broadened with the sham elections that Russians witnessed recently in December. With calls for a genuine representative system picking momentum, Russia is today home to protests that talk of pluralism and distribution of resources in an inverted pyramid module.
Though the verdict of ballot will take some time to surface, it goes without saying that Putinisation of Russia is on its way. It would be naïve to believe that Putin would be giving in to the demands if they come to curtail the power and privileges of Moscow's domination over not only the mainland but also satellite states under its influence. Putin's agenda of a Euro-Asia alliance has a constituency of its own. There is no dearth of people who want Russia to assert itself once again on the world stage, and that too by embracing the split republics of the former Soviet Union. Kremlin's policies for more than a decade under Putin and now under his nominee Dmitry Medvedev have been to reassure the Russians that the West's onslaught is a passing reference and Moscow's rise is around the corner. How effectively this proposed third-term comes to realise such a personalised political agenda is no less than a wild guess.
Irrespective of the high-profile foreign policy agenda, Putin has a task to deliver. The civil commotion could prove to be his biggest detriment in governance process, and the grievances of the people are in need of being addressed immediately. The sanctity of vote and the verdict has to be respected and Putin can do well by broadening the dispensation. From the Occupy Wall Street movement in the United States to the Arab Spring brewing across the Middle East, Russians have done a lot of cherry picking. Human rights to political opposition are issues that concern the common man squarely. It is these issues that Putin has to keep in view as he embarks on a journey back to Leningrad. The presidential result, irrespective of how fair it had been, would leave a sour taste until the discrepancies in the parliamentary vote are taken care of. The administration cannot just sit idle and celebrate the euphoria of presidential duel.