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In the 1990s, Russian President Boris Yeltsin's image turned from bravery and color into one of weakness and bewilderment. His successor, Vladimir Putin, (below) is credited for reigning in post-Soviet chaos but criticized for turning away from democracy. In the 20 years since the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia has exploded with wealth and glitzy developments such as the Moscow City Center (above).

In the 1990s, Russian President Boris Yeltsin's image turned from bravery and color into one of weakness and bewilderment. His successor, Vladimir Putin, (below) is credited for reigning in post-Soviet chaos but criticized for turning away from democracy. In the 20 years since the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia has exploded with wealth and glitzy developments such as the Moscow City Center (above).

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