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Party’s Triumph Raises Question of Putin’s Plans

Date: December 3, 2007
Author: Clifford J. Levy
QUOTE: But even politically apathetic Russians have grasped that a lame duck president who has promoted himself in election advertisements has no interest in fading away. What is more, the Kremlin’s harsh treatment of the opposition and the pressure it put on regional subordinates to reel in votes for United Russia demonstrated that it did not want Mr. Putin’s rivals to gain support.

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