Well, the Russian presidential election, such as it is, has been decided, and Dmitry Medvedev (whose name my spell-check just loves) won by what appears to be a better than 70-30 split. It just so happens that Medvedev is Vladimir Putin's hand-chosen successor, and that he has publicly stated that he would appoint Putin Prime Minister if elected. This was pretty much the way it was expected to go down - polls in Russia place Putin just below "sliced bread" on the list of things people like the most - but Russia has egregious problems with candidate registration and media access that call the whole thing into question.
Add into that the strange drawing down of Gorbachev/Yeltsin-era social reforms on Putin's part and it's hard not to be concerned here. Bluntly put, the autocratic, vaguely anti-democracy Putin has managed to extend his political tenure long past his presidential term limit by way of, for all intents and purposes, appointing a new president who had guaranteed him a high level place in the government. It's a concerning situation.
On issues from Chechnya to Kosovo, the Russians have been doing little to inspire confidence in the last few years, and the election today may just be another sign that the country is backsliding into Soviet-era pseudo-democracy once again.