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Cathy Young

Cracks in Putin’s armor

A groundswell of protests threatens the status quo in Russia

By Cathy Young
February 19, 2012
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”Is it time to bury Vladimir Putin?” a local TV anchorwoman in Russia asked while introducing a news segment late last month. She had, of course, misspoken: the segment was about a proposal to inter Vladimir Lenin, the revolutionary leader whose mummified remains are displayed in a Kremlin mausoleum. But this possibly Freudian slip, which propelled the newswoman to sudden Internet stardom, captured the real question Russia debates as it lurches toward the March 4 presidential elections.

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