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Russia: Putin orders 'gardening' holiday for his inauguration day in May

Russia's Vladimir Putin has ordered a holiday in May that will officially give people time to tend their gardens — but will also coincide with his inauguration, according to Agence France-Presse.

Putin to dominate the vote, whether it's fair or not

MOSCOW — Just a week before Russia’s presidential election, it is clear Prime Minister Vladimir Putin will dominate the vote, despite mass protests and government criticism.

Russia's opposition: Who could take down Putin?

MOSCOW — Putin's opponents are a battle-hardened group of those familiar with oppression, violence and prison. 

Russia's shrinking population mars Putin's superpower ambitions

MOSCOW — Russia has a European birth rate, and an African death rate. Even huge cash bonuses for mothers hasn't helped. 
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