The outcome of Russiaâ€™s election Sunday wasnâ€™t exactly a surprise: Official Kremlin candidate Dmitry Medvedev, Vladimir Putinâ€™s handpicked successor, won a landslide victory in an election marred by ballot stuffing, suppression of votes and harassment of serious opposition candidates.
This is what a sham election looks like. And sadly enough, most Russians donâ€™t seem to care.
Now America is laying the groundwork for working with the 42-year-old lawyer, who is largely an unknown quantity and is widely seen as Putinâ€™s man.
Meanwhile, Putin â€” now prime minister â€” has redefined his new position as the â€œhighest executive office in the country.â€
Who really will run Russia remains to be seen. But Putin, itâ€™s safe to say, won big.
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