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Vladimir Putin's rise: From scrapper on streets of St Petersburg to steely Russian president
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Vladimir Putin's rise: From scrapper on streets of St Petersburg to steely Russian president

As a kid in a dismal Soviet communal apartment, Vladimir Putin was a scrapper who dreamed of being an operator: diligently training in martial arts and boldly walking into a KGB office to inquire about how to become a spy.

Historian Anatoly Razumov's efforts to educate Russians on Joseph Stalin's purges meet with govt indifference
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Historian Anatoly Razumov's efforts to educate Russians on Joseph Stalin's purges meet with govt indifference

He has shone a light on the lives and deaths of tens of thousands of Joseph Stalin's victims, but Russian historian Anatoly Razumov says his work is greeted with "indifference" in a country that still struggles to acknowledge the enormity of the bloody purges.

Narendra Modi in Russia: PM strikes personal chord with Vladimir Putin, describes meeting as 'wonderful'
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Narendra Modi in Russia: PM strikes personal chord with Vladimir Putin, describes meeting as 'wonderful'

PM Narendra Modi met Vladimir Putin and struck a personal chord when he recalled how the Russian President's brother was among several family members who had laid down their lives for the country.