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The Kremlin Palace.

Russia is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.
Winston Churchill

On January 26, 2000, exactly two months before the election, the moderator of a Russian panel at the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, asked, "Who is Mr Putin?" Chubais—the man who had seven months earlier argued that Putin would make an ideal successor—was holding the microphone when the question sounded. He fidgeted and looked questioningly at a former Russian prime minister sitting to his right. The former minister, too, was unwilling to respond. The panel's four members started looking back and forth at each other anxiously. After half a minute of this, the room exploded in laughter. The world's largest landmass, a land of oil, gas, and nuclear arms had a new leader, and it's business and political elites had no idea who he was. Very funny indeed.

The journey of Vladimir Putin from a practically unknown low-key bureaucrat to the face of Russia all in just a decade is fascinating. Over the years, Putin has made himself synonymous with the identity of The New Russian Federation. "Without Putin, there is no Russia," said Vyacheslav Volodin, one of his top aides, a few years ago. With the current constitutional amendment, he will have been in power for nearly a quarter of a century. There is a significant correlation between the rise of Vladimir Putin and the Resurgence of Russia.

It was in 2000 that a low-key office bureaucrat, simply known as Putin took power. Putin struck a chord with the Russian people and promised them a dictatorship of law and more important stability. Looking at the current state of Russia, it is not difficult to ascertain if those promises have been fulfilled or not. Behind the thick fortress-like walls of The Kremlin Palace, lies a pool of murky dirty politics that can be exposed only through continuous efforts to investigate the system. With the new referendum paving the way for Mr Putin's rule on Russia till 2033, it is indeed a Resurgence of Russia.

Keywords: Russia, Vladimir Putin.



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