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  1. Putin Defiant in Face of Tough Times

    Assume a stiff upper lip — that’s the Russian leader’s advice for dealing with economic woes. Putin made his annual parliamentary address today, urging the nation to be self-reliant through the downturn and blaming the West’s Ukraine “tragedy.” Russia is reeling due to drops in oil prices and Western sanctions. He also warned against attempts to breakup of Russia. “We will be sovereign, or we will dissolve in the world,” Putin warned. And, as if on cue, violence erupted in Chechnya.

    BBC, DW, NYT

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