Protests escalate on Putin's birthday

Associated Press
An activist of the Pro-Kremlin youth movement, Mestnye (locals), dances in front of a poster reading "Tighten with Putin" celebrating the 60th birthday of Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012, with the statue of Alexander Suvorov in the background. Vladimir Putin turns 60-years old on Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012, and has recently sought to demonstrate his youthful vigor by many personal endeavors, but while he has shown creativity in his action-man stunts, the Russian president seems surprisingly vulnerable to the vagaries of oil prices.(AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

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Russian youths came out in droves to revolt against Vladimir Putin on his birthday. The Russian President turned 60 on Oct. 7, and has recently sought to demonstrate his youthful vigor by many personal endeavors, but while he has shown creativity in his action-man stunts, he seems surprisingly vulnerable to the vagaries of oil prices.

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