I realize that this is all a part of an authoritarian power grab and the whatnot, but I can’t help thinking that this is really funny:
[New PM Viktor Zubkov] will remain prime minister while Putin, possibly following the declaration of a national military emergency, remains in office. (The evidence? The otherwise inexplicable Russian celebrations of the 125th anniversary of the birth of Franklin Roosevelt, the U.S. president who stayed on for a third and fourth presidential term because of a national military emergency.)
Wow. That’s not blatant at all.