December 12, 2011 Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's bid to return to his nation's presidency, an office he held from 2000 to 2008, picked up a surprise challenger Monday when Mikhail Prokhorov publicly declared his intention to run for the office, too.
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.
December 12, 2011 It appears that Putin, who is viewed as being the real power broker in the Kremlin and who is looking to return to the presidency in next year's elections, is standing firm against complaints about fraud in last week's elections.
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Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin as he voted in Moscow on Sunday (Dec. 4, 2011).
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December 5, 2011 Though Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's United Russia party lost dozens of seats in Russia's parliament, he's still considered a sure-thing in the March presidential election, analysts say. But now he may have to work with other parties.
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June 19, 2011 Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin doesn't have to deal with press conferences from once-friendly former porn stars or tabloids publishing photos of his illegitimate child (if he has either). So speculation about his private life flourishes online.
Mikhail Khodorkovsky, center, looks from behind a glass enclosure at a court room in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Dec. 30, 2010.
December 30, 2010 Oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky gets second jail term
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin makes like Fats Domino.
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December 13, 2010 At a St. Petersburg fundraiser for a children's charity, the Russian leader played a little piano and sang a little song -- to the delight of Kevin Costner and other celebrities.
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