December 22, 2013

Putin Shows He Is in Control

Herszenhorn & Lee Myers, New York Times

The Associated Press

The decisions demonstrate Mr. Putin’s singular ability not only to wield executive power but also to bend the legislative and judicial branches of government to his will, and to exert heavy control over the Russian news media.

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TAGGED: Vladimir Putin, Russia, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, Pussy Riot


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