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Putin As The Most Interesting Man In The Arctic

Not only does this RIA-Novosti report have good footage of Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin with a polar bear in Franz Josef Land, but it is amazingly frank about the ways Russia has polluted the Arctic.

-- Robert Coalson

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