Holy cow, I wrote a book!
Everybody has their own pet theory on how Vladimir Putin can retain
power after the end of his second official term.
I earlier wrote of one such theory:
Change the constitution to permit a third term.
In the intervening months, other theories have been put forth.
Each one chips away at a different part of the statement that
"the president can be elected to at most two consecutive terms":
There's also another method that merely plays by a different set of rules:
Install a crony as president and pull the strings from backstage.
As I noted in my earlier entry,
I'm much more fascinated by the machinery being put into motion to
arrange for Putin to retain power than in whether he actually does.
On an unrelated note,
Mark MacKinnon explains the magic phrase to use as a foreigner
when pulled over arbitrarily by the police.