18 January 2012

RUSSIA : Ex-Putin Ally Mironov Says Vladimir Must Go.


      Sergei Mironov...ousted ex-speaker of parliament's upper house...wants PM Vladimir Putin to end his run for the presidency.
       Mironov says : 'Putin must go. I don't see any willingness by Putin to change the political system. He believes monopoly of power is good.' 
      Former paratrooper Mironov, 58, was long a Putin ally from St. Petersburg...but now plans to challenge Putin in the March election...and even join a future Moscow protest march. 
      He believes Putin lacks imagination...and will send Russia into an economic spiral with  continued reliance on energy exports only.