"Russia has made its choice in favor of democracy," Putin said. "This is our final choice and there is no way back, there can be no return to what we used to have."
Putin added: "We are not going to make up, to invent any kind of special Russian democracy. We are going to commit to the fundamental principles that have been established in the world."
Despite those assurances, Putin had criticism for aspects of the U.S. system. And he suggested that Russians who oppose his actions can sway public opinion because they "are richer than those who are in favor."
"We often do not pay attention to that," he said.
He also compared his move to end direct popular election of regional governors to the American Electoral College (news - web sites) process of electing presidents.
"It's not considered undemocratic, is it?" Putin said.
Don't you think you had better understand your own system of government and constitutional law before you lecture others, especially when they probably have a better working knowledge than you?
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