Definition of Puppet Ruler
What is a "puppet ruler"? What is the definition of the term "puppet ruler"?
A "puppet rule" is somebody who occupies a position of power but is being controlled by an outside force. The actions of the "puppet ruler" are being orchestrated by the so-called outside force.
For instance, many people consider the current President of Russia, Dmitry Medvedev, to be a "puppet ruler" that is controlled by Vladimir Putin.
In Henry "Hank" Paulson's book "On the Brink", he recounts a story of travelling to Russia and meeting with Medvedev and Putin. The meeting with Medvedev, according to Paulson, was nothing more than a photo shoot. The meeting with Putin was reportedly more formal and serious issues were discussed and talked about.
According to Paulson's recounting of the situation, Medvedev would be a perfect example of a "puppet ruler", as Putin was actually calling the shots.
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