http://apnews.myway.com/article/20040913/D8531M6O0.html Looks like Putin has declared what I guess we could call martial Law over all of Russia. No more popular elections of governors, they will instead be nominated by himself. Also changing how parliment is elected, basicly putting an end to the different political parties. What do you guys think? This is a step back for democracy, but will an even more strongly centralized Government help put an end to the terrorism that was plagued Russia? Will it help resolve the crisis with Chechnya? This is not a popular move by any means. Another leader could have pulled it off maybe, but the Russian people have very little confidence in Putin at this point. On a side note, my friends unit has been mobilized and is preparing to be deployed to Chechnya. I will not be hearing from her until... well... possibly ever again.