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Russian leader newly combative, defiant

As Vladimir Putin enters what could be the last year of his presidency, he has become more defiant of international pressure and more willing to challenge the United States and Europe. Russia’s affluence and stability, fueled by high oil prices, have given him the confidence to confront the West and to try to reassert the nation’s influence as a world power. But Western critics warn the Kremlin’s new assertiveness reflects renewed imperial ambitions and threatens its neighbors. Full Story

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