Putin denies he is returning Russia to Stalinism

By Reuters | Thu, 25 Apr 2013 11:25 AM

MOSCOW, April 25 (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday he was not returning Russia to the era of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin and denied any political motive in the prosecution and jailing of opponents.

In response to a question from a liberal journalist at his annual phone-in, Putin said he saw "no element of Stalinism" in the country since his return to the presidency last May.

He ...

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