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Putin may have surprise choice for successor: aide

Russian President Vladimir Putin, who will step down next year after eight years in power, may have a surprise choice for his preferred successor, state news agency RIA Novosti said on Friday, quoting a senior Kremlin aide. Putin is popular in Russia after presiding over seven years of strong economic growth. His departure has fuelled concerns at home and abroad about potential hazards to Russia’s political stability. Full Story

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