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This is not just a post Soviet phenomenon, but one you see in many countries with some unhealthy form of socialist/nationalist semi- (or fully-)dictatorial political system - look at Syria, Egypt, Lybia, Togo, Zaire.

It also happens locally in France, where mayor or MPs try to bring in their sons, or more rarely daughters, to replace them in their elected office.

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes

by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Wed Dec 28th, 2005 at 07:00:47 PM EST
Thanks for the correction, Jerome. You could have added North Korea to your list :-) I should have been more explicit, in that the trend is new for the former soviet republics. Even for Joseph Stalin, who was above the law, and possessed the power much greater than Nicolas II, it would have been unthinkable to have his son to succeed him.
by aquilon (albaruthenia at gmail dot com) on Wed Dec 28th, 2005 at 09:06:29 PM EST
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