Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin speaks during a United Russia party congress in Moscow on Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011, at which he formally was nominated as the party's candidate for president in next March's election. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

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Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin speaks during a United Russia party congress in Moscow on Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011, at which he formally was nominated as the party's candidate for president in next March's election. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)