I know that George Bush looked into Vlad Putin’s soul and all, but the President of Russia is looking more and more like a communist dictator. Interfax reports that the Russian oil companies have agreed to freeze their prices:

“The result of the meeting [between oil firms and the government] was a voluntary decision by the management of Russia’s largest companies; prices won’t rise any further on the domestic market until the end of the year,” the official said, according to Interfax.

Yeah. I bet it was voluntary.

I’m not sure there’s any democracy left in all of Russia. Pretty sad state of affairs considering how things looked in 1989.