Sovereign Democracy at the Polls

Here’s a brief translation of an interesting item from Vedomosti:

Russians were delighted to find out whom they would elect as president in March, show the results of a “Levada-Center” survey. The fact that the future president will be in fact appointed and not elected does not deprive him in any way of the opportunity to be a consistent democrat in the eyes of Russians. That same two thirds who intend to support him are convinced that the country in the event of the election as president of Medvedev will move “along the path of democracy”. The risk of “loss of order and anarchy” after his election concerns 4%, the likelihood of “dictatorship” – 9%, writes «Vedomosti».