I had to pinch myself when I saw the article: Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin writing in the Guardian about the need for Russia to reject corruption and build a modern democracy.
You couldn't make it up.
Read the whole thing: here's a quote to whet your appetite.
But I strongly believe we do not need a circus of candidates competing with each other to make increasingly unrealistic promises.Quite right, Vlad my old chum. One Putin-endorsed candidate is all any sensible (read: self-preserving) Russian needs.
Top comment so far comes from Helen121:
Perhaps a good place you could start would be to allow a free press and stop killing journalists. Here's a list of dead Russian journalists: here