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Putinís spokesman praises Soviet leader
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10/09/2011 08:24 PM
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These sons of bitches never collapsed people!!
Putin, who served as president in 2000-2008, shifted into the premierís job due to a term limit, but has remained the nationís No. 1 leader. He is all but certain to win a new six-year term in Marchís election and would be eligible to run again in 2018. If her serves both those terms he will have ruled the country for almost a quarter century, making him the nationís longest-serving leader since Soviet dictator Josef Stalin.
Russia has seen a steady retreat from post-Soviet democratic freedoms under Putinís helm, and critics have warned that his return to the top job would likely lead to further crackdowns.
[link to articles.boston.com]