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Highlights from Vladimir Putin's 20 years in power

Reuters Logo By Jeremy Schultz of Reuters | Slide 1 of 24: Russian President Vladimir Putin was appointed acting prime minister on August 9, 1999 by then president Boris Yeltsin. He has been in office as president or prime minister ever since, a period spanning two decades. Here are some highlights of Putin's 20 years in power: REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

Russian President Vladimir Putin was appointed acting prime minister on August 9, 1999 by then president Boris Yeltsin. He has been in office as president or prime minister ever since, a period spanning two decades. Here are some highlights of Putin's 20 years in power: REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin
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