Wikileaks Public date: 10.08.2017 19:48:51

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26 Sep 2011

Putin takes up where he never left off

Western suspicion of Vladimir Putin's Russia runs deep. After two terms as president followed by one term in the notionally weaker post of prime minister, he had taken Russia to the condition where "democracy has disappeared", the recently retired US defence secretary Robert Gates said. The government was "an oligarchy run by the security services", he said, according to US official cables published by WikiLeaks.
Western suspicion of Vladimir Putin's Russia runs deep. After two terms as president followed by one term in the...

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