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Caravelli: Putin Using High Handed Tactics to Win Election
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin (ALEXEY DRUZHININ/AFP/Getty Images)
January 25, 2012
| Security
| Russia and Central Asia
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Former CIA Russia expert Jack Caravelli says Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin will likely be elected president in March, returning to the office he held for eight years, but that it’s not going to be a “coronation” as Putin had no doubt envisioned. “Really it’s turned out to be anything but,” said Caravelli in an exclusive interview this week with LIGNET.com.Carvelli talked to LIGNET managing editor Fred Fleitz about the most recent developments in Russia – in particular the announcement by the elections commission that 250,000 signatures to qualify Putin critic Grigory Yavlinsky for the ballot will be thrown out, ending his candidacy for the presidency.
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