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    Putin Accepts Presidential Nod

    ALEXANDER NEMENOV

    He already served two terms as Russia's president, from 2000 to 2008. Then he became the prime minister for the past four years, but that wasn't enough—not even after being widely accused of being the puppet master to the official president, Dmitry Medvedev. Vladimir Putin accepted his party's nomination on Sunday to run for the top job again next year. As a confirmation of the anti-Western rhetoric that he's been known for over the years, Putin also promptly accused foreigners of funding his political rivals.

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