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Vladimir Putin

Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin served as the second President of the Russian Federation and is the current Prime Minister of Russia, as well as chairman of United Russia and Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the Union of Russia and Belarus. He became acting President on 31 December 1999, when president Boris Yeltsin resigned in a surprising move. Putin won the 2000 presidential election and in 2004 he was re-elected for a second term lasting until 7 May 2008.
Because of constitutionally mandated term limits, Putin was ineligible to run for a third consecutive presidential term. After the victory of his successor, Dmitry Medvedev, in the 2008 presidential elections, he was nominated by the latter to be Russia's Prime Minister; Putin took the post on 8 May 2008.
Putin is credited with bringing political stability and re-establishing the rule of law. During his presidency, Russia's economy bounced back from crisis, seeing ... » Read more on Wikipedia.org

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Founder of 'Russian Facebook' booted by Vladimir Putin's allies
2014-04-22
Pavel Durov, the 29-year-old founder of VKontakte, Russia's largest social network, has been ousted from his position, and the new people in power have close ties with Vladimir Putin, Russia's increasingly draconian leader. “Today, VKontakte goes under ...
(Upstart)
  1. Putin Has Taken Control Of Russian Facebook
  2. Russia's largest social network is under the control of...
  3. No Likes: Putin allies fire the head of 'Russian Facebook' and bring social ...

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The internal calculus of Vladimir Putin
2014-04-22
In Crimea and, it appears, eastern Ukraine, Vladimir Putin is doing more than merely redrawing boundaries on a map. He's also redrawing the boundaries of the 21st century and the boundaries of his country's future. Let's talk in terms of simple ...
(Atlanta Journal Constitution (blog))
  1. Jon Stewart calls B.S. on Vladimir Putin's Ukraine protestations

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Vladimir Putin: The Russian World is coming to Europe
2014-04-22
President Putin's Direct Line on April 17 offered a wonderful opportunity for reflecting on the present and the future of European civilization. The head of state sought to express his most fundamental ideas about the current geopolitical environment ...
(Center for Research on Globalization)
  1. Transatlantic Voices NATO should act now, not later 22.04.2014

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Vladimir Putin's ultimate goal in Ukraine remains a mystery
2014-04-21
President Vladimir Putin of Russia is at least observing more caution than he did in his swift annexation of Crimea, after a referendum conducted at lightning speed. It is probably true that much the same “green men” – Russian special-ops officers ...
(The Globe and Mail)
  1. US could hit Vladimir Putin with sanctions: State Department official

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Vladimir Putin's Grand Plan for Economic Development: Build Casinos in Crimea
2014-04-21
Now that Vladimir Putin has Crimea for his very own, how to redecorate? Fear not, Putin has a plan. It's not a monorail, but it's close. On Monday, Putin unveiled a master plan for his new digs—casinos. Under the draft of a new law designating Crimea ...
(Slate Magazine (blog))
  1. Vladimir Putin signs decree to rehabilitate Crimea Tatars
  2. Stalin victims incl Crimean Tatars rehabilitated by Putin decree
  3. Putin introduces law to open casinos in Crimea

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Franklin Graham defends Vladimir Putin, gay propaganda law
2014-04-21
Franklin Graham defended Russian President Vladimir Putin's decision to sign into a law a ban on so-called gay propaganda to children during an interview that aired on Sunday. “I think Putin is going to do what's right for Russia,” he told ABC News ...
(Washington Blade)
  1. Christian Activists: Children Better Off Orphans Than With Gay Parents

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Would The Real Vladimir Putin Please Step Forward
2014-04-21
BERLIN – It is reported that the young Vladimir Putin was described by his KGB trainers as having “a reduced sense of danger.” It is hard to know if this is a genuine verbatim quote from his mentors alarmed at the apparent reckless potential of the ...
(Forbes)
  1. Putin Fast-Tracks Citizenship for Russian Speakers
  2. A quick end won't serve Vladimir Putin's purposes in Ukraine
  3. Russian President Vladimir Putin attends Easter service

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Vladimir Putin signs decree to rehabilitate Crimean Tatars
2014-04-21
MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Monday he had signed a decree rehabilitating Crimea's Tatars, an ethnic group accused of collaborating with Nazi Germany and exiled under Stalin. "I have signed a decree to rehabilitate the Crimean ...
(Economic Times)
  1. Peskov: Putin contacted Yanukovych as Ukraine's legitimate president
  2. Putin signs decree on rehabilitation of Crimean Tatars Russia April 21, 14:40
  3. Putin signs decree to rehabilitate Crimea Tatars

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Ukraine Separatists Plead for Putin's Help After Deadly Gunfight
2014-04-20
By Sunday morning, all that was left of Ukraine's Easter truce were two burned-out cars at a separatist checkpoint, a few handfuls of bullet casings, and a bunch of implausible theories that the Russian media swallowed whole and spit back out across ...
(TIME)
  1. Los Angeles Times: A quick end won't serve Vladimir Putin's purposes in Ukraine
  2. Ukraine Prime Minister: 'Putin Has A Dream To Restore The Soviet Union'
  3. Ukraine PM: Putin Wants to Revive Soviet Union

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