of “Vova & Dima” from Foreign Policy Online. This is a great photo essay on the Tandemocracy. Notice how feminine Dima looks in places (particularly the first photo), but how buff he looks in the pictures taken at Sochi. I particularly like the photo with the caption “Tight”. My first thought was, ‘I’ll tell you what is tight is that shirt [of Dima’s].’
The essay concludes, “Can the partnership survive?” The partnership cannot survive because it goes completely against everything the Power Vertical is based upon. Either Putin must cede power to Medvedev, or Medvedev must maintain a position of inferiority. There can be no partnership if the Power Vertical is to be maintained.