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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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The World According to Vladimir Putin
2014-04-17
Russian President Vladimir Putin hosted an annual televised call-in show on Thursday, called the "Straight Line," where he answers viewers' questions on anything and everything. This year's topics: the state of things in Ukraine, mass surveillance ...
(Mashable)
  1. Vladimir Putin admits for first time Russian troops took over Crimea, refuses ...
  2. Russia's Vladimir Putin still has friends in the west
  3. Putin asserts right to use force in east Ukraine

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Edward Snowden asks Vladimir Putin if Russia spies on its citizens
2014-04-17
MOSCOW — American fugitive Edward Snowden made a surprise appearance during Russian President Vladimir Putin's annual call-in meeting with the nation on Thursday, submitting what critics considered a softball question about domestic surveillance in ...
(Washington Post)
  1. Edward Snowden Asks Vladimir Putin About Russian Surveillance
  2. Edward Snowden asks Vladimir Putin about surveillance
  3. Vladimir Putin Says Alaska Is Too Cold To Annex

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Vladimir Putin Has Upper Hand as Ukraine Talks Begin
2014-04-17
Vladimir Putin portrays himself as a hard man. Judo is his chosen sport. In a judo match, the expert waits until his opponent is off balance, then pounces. This is what Putin is doing in Ukraine. His opponents in this global sparring match are being ...
(NBCNews.com)
  1. The White House Doesn't Know What Vladimir Putin Is Up To
  2. Vladimir Putin risks upstaging talks on defusing Ukraine crisis
  3. Putin Is Reinventing How Russia Goes to War

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Vladimir Putin Is Not The President of Sim City
2014-04-14
Altman's argument is that Russian President Vladimir Putin is a master of game theory. He's so good at it, in fact, that he's already won the game he's playing over Ukraine and we clueless Westerners don't even know it yet. “Reasoning,” Altman tells us ...
(The Federalist)
  1. Go ahead, Putin, make my day
  2. Friedman: Go ahead, Vladimir, make my day

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Pussy Riot members: 'Vladimir Putin could be gay'
2014-04-12
Appearing on Bill Maher's HBO show Real Time, they agreed with the host when he suggested Putin might be gay. Maher had joked: “Vladimir Putin talks a lot about, 'we've got to check the gays', and in my experience, any time somebody talks a lot about ...
(PinkNews.co.uk)
  1. Bill Maher Tells Pussy Riot He Thinks Putin Might Be Gay

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Los Angeles Times: Invading may be President Vladimir Putin's Plan B in Ukraine
2014-04-12
New York Times: Armed men seize police station in eastern Ukraine city. Russian President Vladimir Putin has massed tens of thousands of troops along Ukraine's eastern border, a reminder of his vow to protect ethnic Russians in the neighboring country.
(Kyiv Post)
  1. Donetsk police chief forced out as Ukraine's eastern cities stormed by pro ...
  2. Ukraine offers to devolve power
  3. Ukraine Tension Mounts as Police Face Gunfire in East

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Kyiv's Paul Niland responds to Moscow's Vladimir Putin
2014-04-11
Russian President Vladimir Putin attends the meeting with the permanent members of the Russian Security Council in the residence of Novo-Ogaryovo outside Moscow on April 11, 2014. President Vladimir Putin on Friday said Russia would fulfil its ...
(Kyiv Post)
  1. Crimea seeks to hold its parliamentary elections in September

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Hillary Clinton Psychoanalyzes Vladimir Putin
2014-04-09
Russian President Vladimir Putin may have a buff physique, but Hillary Clinton sees right through it. During a Q&A at a marketing summit in California today, Hillary Clinton gave a deep read on Putin's personality, and compared the encounters she's had ...
(ABC News (blog))
  1. Hillary Clinton blasts Putin over Crimea, talks 2016 run
  2. Hillary Rodham Clinton confirms she is thinking of running for US Presidency ...
  3. Pussy Riot on Christianity, art, and taking on Putin

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Here's a Russian historical analogy Vladimir Putin won't embrace
2014-04-07
The idea that Russian President Vladimir Putin is trying to revive the relative glory (and territorial conquest) of czarist Russia has its own niche in foreign policy circles. While Hillary Clinton and German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schauble are ...
(The Week Magazine)
  1. Russian premier Vladimir Putin completes divorce

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