24 September 2011 was a significant day when Vladimir Putin announced that he would run again for president. That was the first open and clear statement that there is no hesitation and he is the next Russian president. It became clear for many Russians that their opinion was disregarded, that nothing actually depended on their votes and nothing would change. The following government election and protest actions have drawn attention of the whole world including common Russians, whose political interest and activity had not been always the same before.
“There is no one to talk to since Mahatma Gandhi died“
Overall, Putin can be described as a charismatic leader with a range of characteristics of a transformational leader. However, the highest attention was always paid to his charisma and image – a young, modern, sporty Man, and a strong political leader; the only Hero being able to take the country out of the crises and capable of standing up to the West and the East. However, the picture of the last years shows the tendency described by Jay Conger as a “dark side” of a charismatic leader. There is almost no one source that has not mentioned the word „dictator“. We see a total media control, disrespectful treatment of his co-workers and Russian citizens, total control of all strategically important points, political persecutions, etc. For the last 12 years Putin has built an Empire consisting of his family, friends, and powerless and dependent people. The questions many people ask themselves these days: if Putin were a strong leader as it has been imaged for many years, what could be his reaction to the huge change in the Russian political life since Soviet times? It looks like there is a significant gap between Putin's image and his actions.
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