Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin appears on a national call-in TV show in Moscow on Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011. (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Pool)

Photo by: Alexei Nikolsky

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin appears on a national call-in TV show in Moscow on Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011. (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Pool)