Daniel R. Cobb: The Megalomaniac, The Tyrant, and Republican Treason

Vox Populi

Before the fall of the Soviet Union, Vladimir Putin served in the KGB for 17 years, rising to lieutenant colonel, and later became the director of Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB), the successor to the KGB. Putin was president of Russia from 2000 – 2008, prime minister from 2008 to 2012, and when constitutionally mandated term limits were relaxed, he won the presidency in 2012 for a third term – of now six years. By 2018, Putin will have been prime minister or president of Russia a total of 18 years.

With the economic and social liberalization efforts ushered in after the fall of the Soviet Union, Russians for the first time enjoyed several liberal radio and television stations and newspapers that offered views sometimes critical of the government, but over time, Putin, usually through illegal actions, took control of all of those stations. In one example in 2000, Russian…

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