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Putin pledges to step down

PRESIDENT PUTIN of Russia sought to burnish his demo- cratic credentials in a three-hour phone-in yesterday by pledging to share out Russia’s oil wealth and to step down in 2008. Mr Putin denied rolling back democracy as he fielded 60 questions from Russian citizens, some of whom spoke to him live on television from their home towns, while others sent e-mails and text messages. Full Story

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