On the other hand, the Kremlin's shucking and jiving are utterly fascinating to watch.
A show of hands, please.
- Who was surprised that Mr. Putin took personal charge of the investigation, thus guaranteeing that -- (fill in the blanks here)?
- Who was surprised that the murderers who were fingered were low-grade Chechen criminals?
- Who was surprised to see one of them blown up and the other teetering on the edge of nothingness, soon to also fall?
Do I see no hands at all? Good!
And a poll: will the second 'killer'
1. Poison himself through some never-explained means
2, Hang himself in his cell, probably with his own socks
3. Suffer a fatal heart attack
4. Sort of vanish, forever
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