Protests escalate on Putin's birthday

Associated Press
Police officers detain political activist Roman Dobrokhotov during the unauthorized meeting to mark Russian President Vladimir Putin's birthday in Moscow, Sunday Oct. 7, 2012. 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/Sergey Ponomarev)

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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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