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Putin inauguration holiday russia 20120315

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Putin inauguration holiday russia 20120315

Russia's outgoing President Dmitry Medvedev (R) and newly elected president Vladimir Putin (L) meet with former Italy's Prime minister Silvio Berlusconi at the Rosa Khutor apline ski resort in Krasnaya Polyana, some 30 miles from Sochi, on March 8, 2012. Italy's ex-prime minister Silvio Berlusconi flew into Russia for a lavish dinner with Vladimir Putin after his old ally's victory in presidential elections, state television said.

DMITRY ASTAKHOV