Tearful and triumphant, Vladimir Putin celebrated his election victory, as reported here.
Western media played up Putin's sharp criticisms of U.S. foreign policy but for some reason ignored the unholy alliance against him that included avowed Stalinists and racist ultra-nationalists. Click here to read about one such extremist, Vladimir Zhirinovsky, whose father, ironically, was a Polish Jew. This hasn't prevented Zhirinovsky, who considers himself an Eastern Orthodox Christian, from promoting antisemitism and hatred of Israel. The lunatic, embraced as an ally by so-called Russian liberals obsessed with defeating Putin, has also called for forcibly reclaiming Alaska, which the United States purchased from Russia in 1867.
Click here to read about another opposition leader and supposed democracy lover (really?), Gennady Zyuganov.