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Topic - Kremlin
Russian President Vladimir Putin's domestic critics have rarely had it easy. Now, as a wave of patriotism sweeps Russia in the wake of its annexation of the Crimean Peninsula, voices of dissent are in danger of being silenced altogether.
When ailing Russian President Boris Yeltsin named his little-known prime minister, Vladimir Putin, as his "heir" to the Kremlin in 1999, few understood much — if anything — about the motivations and ambitions of the former KGB officer.
As fireworks lit the skies over Sochi on Sunday evening at the closing ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics, Russian President Vladimir Putin had every reason to feel satisfied with his country's hosting of the multibillion-dollar games.