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15 Years Of Putin

A political cartoon from Sergei Elkin for RFE/RL's Russian Service, marking the 15th anniversary on March 27 of President Vladimir Putin's first election victory, in 2000, nearly three months after Boris Yeltsin stepped down and named Putin his successor.

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