Putin Looks Beyond Election in Bid to Expand Authority
Published: on November 19, 2016 — 1:23 AM NZDT
Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Former prime minister charged with delivering victory
Putin said seeking mandate, agenda for next six-year term
As Donald Trump’s victory in the U.S. presidential election reverberates around the world, Vladimir Putin is making sure he’ll remain a force to be reckoned with for the next tenant of the White House.
Putin is setting up a team to ensure he wins a fourth term with a wide margin in 2018, according to five people close to the process. The effort is led by former nuclear-power chief Sergei Kiriyenko, who was appointed last month as the Kremlin’s head of domestic politics and is expected to lead the campaign when it’s announced publicly, probably late next year, said one of the people, all of whom asked not to be identified to discuss confidential deliberations.
Putin is laying the groundwork for his third decade in power. Kiriyenko’s mandate goes beyond the elections, according to the people who’ve discussed it with him. It includes shaking off some of the conservatism that’s permeated the political system in recent years and to do that without threatening stability. That makes his appointment part of Putin’s drive to bring in new generation of top officials.
“The conservative agenda has been exhausted,” said Andrey Ashkerov, a political scientist at Moscow State University. “Putin is calling for young bureaucrats to join him in an attempt to freshen up the system.”
Known mainly for a stint as prime minister in 1998 during which Russia defaulted on its domestic debt and the currency collapsed, Kiriyenko, 54, has worked under Putin since 2000. For most of that period, he focused on rebuilding the nuclear industry to its Soviet glory as head of state-run Rosatom Corp. Under his leadership, the company became an instrument of foreign policy as it increased its global reach with deals to build power plants from Finland and Hungary to China and India.
With a year and a half to go until the election, Kiriyenko started his new job with just one colleague, former Rosatom press aide Sergei Novikov. It’s unclear how large his staff will be, though Kiriyenko has indicated that he’d team up with former finance minister Alexei Kudrin, who’s developing a plan to strengthen the judiciary, the people said.
Novikov declined to comment and said Kiriyenko was unavailable. Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Kiriyenko’s role is more “multifaceted” than organizing elections and introducing changes into domestic politics.
Kiriyenko is to “conduct not normal elections, but Putin elections, which are more like a referendum on trust in Putin,” said Andrei Kolesnikov, head of the domestic-politics program at the Carnegie Moscow Center.
Putin’s approval rating is more than 80 percent and the opposition is in disarray. Almost two-thirds of Russians want to see him continue after 2018, according to a survey by the independent polling company Levada.
The president consolidated his support after returning to the presidency from a four-year stint as prime minister amid mass protests. Since then, Putin’s popularity has soared as he annexed Crimea from Ukraine, where he supports a separatist insurgency, and reasserted Russia’s role in global security with an intervention in Syria.
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True Bible Students are not surprised at this and in fact Putin is exactly the type of leader we expect to see in Russia at the time of the end prior to Christ’s Return when he will intervene in the final conflict of man.
According to Bible Prophecy the Leader of Russia at the time of the End is called “Gog” ie. a chief one a strong and authoritarian ruler just like Putin. So if he stays in power for life he could well be the one that will bring Russia and Europe down into the Middle East in fulfilment of Bible Prophecy.
Putin is very much fitting the description of ‘Gog’ as all news articles today paint him as a leader to be feared, an Authoritarian Leader not to be messed with. Gog will develop a close relationship with the EU whereby Gog will become a “guard” unto the EU.
Gog is also spoken of militarily as the “King of the North”. Together the Bible says that Gog and the EU will invade the Middle East in the Last Days.
Yet again we see in Todays News Headlines words that show how the Nations are fulfilling the latter day alignment of Nations as Prophesied by the Bible.
See this article below to learn more about this and the latter day prophecies of the Bible.
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