Aslan Doukaev, RFE/RL
We all like well-choreographed, nicely staged political spectacles, let's admit it. After all, what's not to like about theatrical, ritualized behavior impeccably executed in front of millions of television viewers? Like pretty women on the street, such shows lift your spirits and make you proud of your country and your politicians, even if the next day you wake up in the same dank apartment surrounded by tragic-faced family members who incessantly demand to know why we can't afford a new kitchen table.
Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, who has dominated Russia's political scene for over a decade now, has become particularly good at such shows, even if on occasion he somewhat overdoes them.
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