Russian voters went to the polls today in Parliamentary elections and gave Vladimir Putin the message that they weren’t too pleased with him. His ruling party, United Russia, reportedly did not even get 50% of the votes in early results from the polls whereas four years ago they received 64%.
Voters expressed displeasure at the prospect of having Russia’s President Dmitry Medvedev and Putin switching roles again as they did four years ago with Medvedev returning to his previous role as Prime Minister. They also expressed disdain at all the corruption within the government and how its policies are increasing the gap between the rich and poor.
In spite of the fact that United Russia dominated the airwaves with their propaganda, received the bulk of the campaign contributions, and prevented opposition leaders from entering the race, the people were having none of what they were seeing. One such opposition leader, Vladimir Ryzhkov, said “These elections are unprecedented because they were carried out against the background of a collapse in trust in Putin, (President Dmitry) Medvedev and the ruling party…I think that the March election will turn into an even bigger political crisis…and an even bigger protest vote.”
That March election of which he speaks is the presidential election. However, many believe Putin will still get elected to his previous office although there are many who dislike the idea of having the same man as president for over a decade. Putin is infamous for moving away from democratic changes that were made after the collapse of the Soviet Union, when he became Boris Yeltsin’s successor as Russia’s President in 1999. He was returning to tactics and policies reminiscent of his days as the head of the KGB.
However, the irony of this whole situation is that Putin’s embrace of more socialist policies has not dissuaded Russian voters from giving the bulk of the windfall in these elections to the Communist Party. Votes for the Communist Party went from 10% in the previous Parliamentary elections to almost 20% this time around. In essence, the Russians have swapped one socialist party, United Russia, for another socialist party, apparently under the false impression that United Russia represents true capitalism. Instead of running as far away from socialism as they can get, they have run right into the arms of having more socialism which can only bring more economic oppression. Talk about jumping from the frying pan into the fire!
These results may mean that Russia will amp up religious persecution against true Christians in the future and keeps them on track to target Israel as prophesied in Ezekiel 38 & 39.
1And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 2Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him, 3And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal… 8After many days thou shalt be visited: in the latter years thou shalt come into the land that is brought back from the sword, and is gathered out of many people, against the mountains of Israel, which have been always waste: but it is brought forth out of the nations… Ezekiel 38
Source: Timothy Heritage & Ralph Boulton. Russian voters deal Putin and party an election blow. Reuters.com. Sunday, December 4, 2011.
posted by Harry A. Gaylord