It is a hallmark of a sane and moderate society that when it changes leaders and regimes, those left behind should be abandoned to the judgment of history. It is in savage societies that the defeat of a ruling faction entails its humiliation, exile and murder.
–Charles Fried, New York Times op-ed page (10/11/09)
Russia is so feudal in its system of patronage and reward that it is virtually impossible for a leader to hand over power without controlling his successor or at least receiving an exemption from prosecution–something Mr. Putin granted his predecessor, Boris Yeltsin, in 1999.
–Simon Sebag Montefiore, New York Times op-ed (1/12/09)