In Russia, President Vladimir Putin is supposed to leave office next year. NBC sent Jim Maceda In Depth to Moscow where he found Putin not acting like a man preparing to relinquish power. Maceda listed the excesses of Putin's so-called "sovereign democracy." He crushes opponents. He cracks down on protests. He controls the mass media. He jails or exiles oil oligarchs. He controls appointments of mayors and governors. "Critics call it dictatorship…but his approval ratings are soaring in the stratosphere." So Putin may overrule the constitution and stay in power--or he may rule "from behind the scenes," Maceda speculated ominously, showing a shot of Putin wearing mirrored sunglasses. The world "could be dealing with Putin's Russia for years to come."
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