Putin’s power play

Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin’s second term as president of Russia will run out early next year, but his dominance of Russian politics may now extend well beyond that.

6th October, 2007

Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin’s second term as president of Russia will run out early next year, but his dominance of Russian politics may now extend well beyond that.

Putin, who was born in St Petersburg on October 7,1952, last week declared his intention to head the list of the United Russia Party in the upcoming parliamentary elections. He has even hinted at the possibility of becoming prime minister of Russia.

Putin effectively became Russia’s most...

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