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May 8, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Vladimir V. Putin took the oath of office to serve as Russia's president for four more years, telling his people in a nationalistic speech that it was up to them to modernize their country. The highly popular Putin, 51, who won reelection in March by a landslide, was inaugurated in a ceremony fit for the czars in Moscow's gilded Kremlin halls.
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February 4, 2009 | Megan K. Stack
This is no grand reinvention, just a subtle aggregation of small, surprising gestures. Still, recent conciliatory signals from Moscow are enough to make analysts believe that Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's Russia, the cash-rich, oil-soaked country that railed against the West while shutting down political opposition at home, is groping for new footing under heavy fiscal pressure.
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April 18, 2000 | MAURA REYNOLDS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Russian President-elect Vladimir V. Putin made his debut as a world leader Monday, launching a fierce defense of his war in Chechnya in between breakfast with potential investors and tea with Queen Elizabeth II. Putin's first presidential trip to the West came at the invitation of British Prime Minister Tony Blair, who has drawn severe criticism at home for taking the lead in making friends with the new Russian leader. Blair, who began his overture by visiting Putin in St.
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April 7, 2008 | James Gerstenzang, Times Staff Writer
President Bush and Russian President Vladimir V. Putin failed Sunday to overcome their greatest conflicts on a missile defense system the United States plans to build in Central Europe but narrowed difference over one key element.
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March 28, 2000 | MAURA REYNOLDS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It looks like a big victory. But for Russia's new president, Vladimir V. Putin, it may not be big enough. Putin defeated his nearest rival, Communist Party candidate Gennady A. Zyuganov, by an ample margin of more than 23 percentage points in Sunday's presidential election. Most candidates would consider that an impressive win. But in Russia, it's nearly a loss. For Putin, "this cannot be seen as any kind of triumphant 'mandate,' " said Andrei Cherkizov, a commentator for Echo of Moscow radio.
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May 8, 2000 | RICHARD C. PADDOCK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Vladimir V. Putin, a former KGB officer and Soviet spy, was sworn in to office Sunday as Russia's second president in a gilded Kremlin hall that was once the throne room of the czars. With his right hand resting on Russia's constitution and former President Boris N. Yeltsin standing nearby, Putin took the oath of office in a solemn ceremony designed to emphasize the peaceful transfer of power from Yeltsin to his chosen successor.
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December 18, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
President Vladimir V. Putin assured his political party that he would accept an offer of the prime minister's post when he leaves the presidency next year. Putin, 55, presented his decision shortly before leaders of the United Russia party nominated the president's longtime protege, First Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, as their candidate in the March 2 presidential contest.
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December 20, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Russian President Vladimir V. Putin accused the United States of trying to undermine his country to further its global dominance and said Washington had ignored Moscow's attempts to build a friendship. In an interview with Time magazine, which named him its "Person of the Year," Putin said Washington had adopted a strategy of belittling Russia to try to influence the country's domestic and foreign policy. The interview was posted on the Kremlin's website, kremlin.ru.
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September 16, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
President Vladimir V. Putin called for urgent action to clean up Russia's banking system, which he said was being used for criminal ends, after the slaying of a top central banker who waged a war on money laundering. At an emergency meeting of bankers and law enforcement officials, Putin urged creation of an interagency task force of prosecutors, tax inspectors, central bankers and the security services.
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April 28, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
President Vladimir V. Putin said a planned U.S. missile shield in Central Europe was unacceptable because it would extend American control deep into Russian airspace, not deter Iran. Washington says it wants to install interceptor missiles and radar systems to counter the threat of attack by countries such as Iran. Putin said terrorists, Iran and North Korea had no missiles that would require such a defense. Many experts believe, however, that Iran is developing a missile that could hit Europe.
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March 1, 2008 | Megan K. Stack, Times Staff Writer
Russian President Vladimir Putin has picked his successor, adorned him in the political gold of his endorsements and papered the media with his name. Now he wants to persuade voters to cast ballots in this weekend's presidential election, despite the fact that the victor is a foregone conclusion. The Kremlin is keen to draw enough voters to show that the anticipated election of Dmitry Medvedev reflects the will of the people.
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February 15, 2008 | Megan K. Stack, Times Staff Writer
Russian President Vladimir V. Putin made it plain Thursday that he plans to maintain power when he leaves office, whatever his next job title may be. During a wide-ranging annual Kremlin appearance before hundreds of Russian and foreign journalists, Putin reiterated his threats to aim missiles at his European neighbors if they accept U.S. missile shield installations. But he also said that, despite hostile rhetoric, Russia and the United States ultimately would cooperate out of necessity.
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December 20, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Russian President Vladimir V. Putin accused the United States of trying to undermine his country to further its global dominance and said Washington had ignored Moscow's attempts to build a friendship. In an interview with Time magazine, which named him its "Person of the Year," Putin said Washington had adopted a strategy of belittling Russia to try to influence the country's domestic and foreign policy. The interview was posted on the Kremlin's website, kremlin.ru.
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December 18, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
President Vladimir V. Putin assured his political party that he would accept an offer of the prime minister's post when he leaves the presidency next year. Putin, 55, presented his decision shortly before leaders of the United Russia party nominated the president's longtime protege, First Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, as their candidate in the March 2 presidential contest.
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December 4, 2007 | Megan K. Stack, Times Staff Writer
European officials and vote monitors Monday denounced Russia's parliamentary elections as an undemocratic exercise engineered by President Vladimir V. Putin and his party. "Neither a free, fair nor democratic election," said a German government spokesman. "Steered democracy," said the Swedish foreign minister. "Not a level playing field," added the European observer mission.
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November 22, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Russian President Vladimir V. Putin called his critics foreign-funded jackals and accused the West of meddling in Russian politics in a scathing speech meant to drum up support for the main pro-Kremlin party. Russia's Dec. 2 parliamentary elections have turned into a plebiscite on Putin and whether he should retain power when he steps down as president next year after two consecutive terms.
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August 23, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir V. Putin met with his defense and security chiefs to review Moscow's campaign against Islamic militants in the republic of Dagestan. Russia has yet to dislodge the rebels despite two weeks of attacks. The meeting in Moscow came after Russian forces chalked up some victories in Dagestan, where they are battling rebels who crossed over from neighboring Chechnya and who are seeking an independent state in the region.
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January 18, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Russian President Vladimir V. Putin promised a moderate increase in pensions and blamed federal and local officials for failing to properly implement changes that cut off benefits to millions of Russians. Putin's comments came hours after police blocked hundreds of protesters from retaking a major intersection in St. Petersburg that thousands of pensioners occupied over the weekend. Demonstrators blocked major roads in other cities.
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November 10, 2007 | Kim Murphy, Times Staff Writer
Russia has sharply reduced the number of European monitors permitted to observe upcoming parliamentary elections and has imposed restrictions that may impede the ability of opposition parties to run successful campaigns, one of Europe's main monitoring delegations said Friday. An assessment in advance of the Dec. 2 vote by a delegation of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe raises questions about whether political opponents can counter President Vladimir V.
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October 27, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Russian President Vladimir V. Putin evoked one of the most dangerous confrontations of the Cold War to highlight Russian opposition to a proposed U.S. missile defense system in Europe, comparing it to the Cuban missile crisis of 45 years ago. Putin used a news conference at the conclusion of a Portugal summit with the European Union to reiterate Russia's objections to U.S.
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