If Putin is elected in March, there is a chance, probability, that he may try to limit dissent and centralize power more than he had during his earlier incarnation as president, former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said about Vladimir Putin’s decision to run for a third term and called it “a mockery of democracy”.
“First of all, the way that the whole thing was done makes a bit of a mockery of the electoral process,” Rice said in an interview. “There will be certain constraints and realities even for Vladimir Putin,” saying Russians have a greater sense of the wider world through travel and the Internet and may not tolerate political repression.
She believes that Putin’s intention to run for presidency will lead to mass riots in Russia some time later.
Now Condoleezza Rice is a professor of Political Economy in the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University.