And what about ‘party politics’? Is not ‘Putin, Putin, Putin’ really ‘United Russia, etc., etc.’? UR is a mass democratic party which expresses the interests of between 60% and 80% of the Russian public in any given election. Personalizing politics is a way for the information-challenged to turn Political Science into Political Pageant. Russia today is far more democratic, politically, than any of its Western critics. The real Opposition, the CP, as it grows in popularity still goes unmentioned. And the privately-funded, anti-democratic ‘Opposition’ is nothing but a Street Theatre of Chaos and Outrage.