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Cablegate: Tokyo Media Reaction - Russian Presidential Election

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SUBJECT: TOKYO MEDIA REACTION - RUSSIAN PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION


1. LEAD STORIES: Top stories on Tuesday morning included a
nationwide telephone poll that put support for the Fukuda cabinet at
32 percent and nonsupport at 50 percent.

2. "Putin Laughs in Triumph Again" The liberal Mainichi
editorialized (3/4): "...Under a dual leadership structure with
President Medvedev, it appears clear that Putin will continue to
lead the Russian government.... We are gravely concerned about the
lack of transparency in Russia's presidential election on Sunday.
Russia's closed nature stands in contrast with the ongoing
presidential primaries in the U.S. Putin strengthened his political
base through the landslide of the ruling party United Russia. Putin
seems to be laughing in triumph over the results. However, elections
in which victory is preordained bring to mind the dictatorships in
the Middle East and elsewhere. Although the Russian people's hope
for Putin's policy of restoring the nation to 'great power' status
is understandable, Russia should not turn back to the days of the
Soviet Union."


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