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Putin Unbound

Having secured his re-election and all but silencing the opposition, Vladimir Putin has become Russia’s longest-serving leader since Joseph Stalin. That does not bode well for efforts to stop the downward spiral in relations with the West.

Vladimir Putin Alexei Druzhinin\TASS via Getty Images
The video screen shows the Kinzhal shipborne surface-to-air missile system as Putin delivers an annual address to the Federal Assembly  Mikhail Metzel\TASS via Getty Images
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