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    Putin Accepts Presidential Nod

    Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin attends a Congress of United Russia party in Moscow on November 27, 2011. Putin accepted the ruling United Russia party's nomination to run for president in elections in March next year and regain a post he held in 2000-2008.     AFP PHOTO/ ALEXANDER NEMENOV (Photo credit should read ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/Getty Images)

    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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