Vladimir & Dmitry: From Russia with love
Vladimir Putin’s plans to run for the presidency in 2012 will return the current Russian prime minister to the post he held from 2000-2008, before handing the reins to handpicked successor Dmitry Medvedev. It is likely Medvedev will return to the prime minister position he held during the second half of Putin's presidential term. The job swap, which most observers think will be approved by Russian voters, likely will see the less-than-dynamic duo of Putin and Medvedev rule Russia from 2000-2024.
Roberto De Vido is a communications consultant, writer, cartoonist and jack of many trades. The former chief of Tucson Sentinel’s East Asia Bureau, he now lives in California (make of that what you will).