Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a state-of-the nation address in Moscow, 

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a state-of-the nation address in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012. Russia’s President Vladimir Putin vowed Wednesday to strengthen the country’s economy and its military might and rejected what he described as foreign lecturing about democracy and attempts at foreign interference in the nation’s internal affairs. Putin delivered his first state-of-the nation address since winning a third term in March's election despite a wave of massive protests in Moscow. Putin has taken a tough course on dissent since his inauguration with arrests and searches of opposition activists and introduction of laws that impose heavy fines on protesters and rigid rules on civil society groups. (AP Photo/Misha Japaridze)
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Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a state-of-the nation address in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012. Russia’s President Vladimir Putin vowed Wednesday to strengthen the country’s economy and its military might and rejected what he described as foreign lecturing about democracy and attempts at foreign interference in the nation’s internal affairs. Putin delivered his first state-of-the nation address since winning a third term in March's election despite a wave of massive protests in Moscow. Putin has taken a tough course on dissent since his inauguration with arrests and searches of opposition activists and introduction of laws that impose heavy fines on protesters and rigid rules on civil society groups. (AP Photo/Misha Japaridze)
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