Alex(ei) of The Russian Dilettante's Weblog writes about what Vladimir Putin is doing to Russia and what could be done to Vladimir Putin. Vilhelm Konnander reports on “Putin's power purge” that wasn't. Sean Guillory writes about “Putin A” and “Putin B” and other theories of Russia's development. Yuri Mamchur of Russia Blog posts a link to a much-discussed video of Putin kissing a little boy's belly in the Kremlin. The revived RUBLog (aka Travel Russia!) notes that 7,382 internet users are mystified by the kiss enough to ask Putin why he did it; the president may answer the question on July 6.