Vladimir Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin, pictured addressing a joint session of the Russian parliament this month, has quashed political opposition and independent media, leaving virtually no one to challenge his decisions.

( Alexei Nikolsky / AFP/Getty Images / March 26, 2014 )

Russian President Vladimir Putin, pictured addressing a joint session of the Russian parliament this month, has quashed political opposition and independent media, leaving virtually no one to challenge his decisions.

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