In an interview with America's CBS network
, Putin defends his decision to appoint regional governors:
Says Wallace, "There was a time when the regional governors were elected, correct? And all of the sudden, Putin says, 'No, no, no. I shall appoint the governors.' That's democracy? That's not democracy the way I understand it."
"The principle of appointing regional leaders is not a sign of a lack of democracy," Putin retorts. "You're absolutely wrong. For instance, India is called the largest world democracy. But their governors have always been appointed by the central government and nobody disputes that India is not a democracy."
The Russian leader then points to what he believes are drawbacks to America's own brand of democracy, including the Electoral College system.