Victor Sebestyen

The man who plans to run and run

Putin’s Progress
by Peter Truscott
Simon & Schuster, £17.99, pp. 370, ISBN 0743240057

Vladimir Putin will be re-elected President of Russia on Sunday with a thumping majority. This is the safest prediction it is possible to make in the New World Order where the word democracy can have many different definitions. In Russia the word means whatever President Putin chooses it to mean, as these two admirable books point out.

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