Speaking Monday in Moscow at a meeting of the Russian cabinet, security, military and regional leaders, Mr. Putin said he will propose legislation allowing him to name regional governors, who are currently elected.Hey, I've got an idea - let's bring back the gulag's while we're at it.
He also wants only national parties to field candidates for the lower house of parliament, who would be elected by a proportional system. The current system allows for independent candidates and individual races.
Mr. Putin says a proportional system is needed to meet the public's demand to fight terrorism.
The changes would increase Kremlin's control over Russian political life and the ruling party's clout in parliament.
We've already taken that step...damn, I'll have to keep brainstorming. But after all, wasn't it the Boy King who said, "it'd be a heck of a lot easier, just so long as I'm the dictator"? Yeah, it was. Guess Vlad's taking his cues from Washington...