Impressed by Vladimir Putin's hold on Soviet power despite no longer being Premier, Dick Cheney has secretly flown to Moscow to be personally coached by the 'Iron Man Of Russia'.
Knowing that he will be out of a job in a month and that a lot of his wealth is tied up in him controlling the government from behind the scenes, Slicky Dicky decided to take lessons from the master of behind the scenes manipulation, Vlad the Imperialist himself.
Already having experience in setting up and maintaining a puppet government, Cheney will also benefit from being able to torture and interrogate political prisoners with impunity from public criticism.
Cheney, investing in his own political future, has already gone ahead and set up Gulag camps in Alaska and practiced having dissidents shot, pulling the trigger on some of them himself. He is also deeply interested in the setting up of a one party system. Of special scrutiny to the VP is the fact that a lot of Putin's power comes from his having put Russia's leading oil man in prison and nationalizing his oil company, thus technically making Putin the owner of the company.
In his downtime at night Mr. Cheney likes to underline passages from Stalin's biography that he finds especially inspiring.