Vladimir Putin
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"Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin" has been the President of Russia since 7 May 2012. Putin previously served as President from 2000 to 2008, and as Prime Minister of Russia from 1999 to 2000 and again from 2008 to 2012. During his last term as Prime Minister, he was also the Chairman of United Russia, the ruling party.

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... They began in a criminal way to take over our economy, not just on the borders but in the depths of Russia.

History proves that all dictatorships, all authoritarian forms of government are transient. Only democratic systems are not transient. Whatever the shortcomings, mankind has not devised anything superior.

Russia needs a strong state power and must have it. But I am not calling for totalitarianism.

We discussed this very important issue yesterday over a beer.

If the current tendency prevails, the survival of the nation will be under threat.

Any attention to them (terrorists) on the part of the media, any double-standard interpretation of their motives and results of their activity means nothing but a political and administrative support of terrorist acts.

Russia will not soon become, if it ever becomes, a second copy of the United States or England - where liberal value have deep historic roots.

Russia is a part of European culture. Therefore, it is with difficulty that I imagine NATO as an enemy.

It is bad that such bandit raids are still possible here (in Russia), ... It's a great tragedy that we are sustaining losses among law enforcement officers and peaceful civilians.