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Russian President Vladimir Putin and his predecessor Boris Yeltsin celebrate Independence Day in 2003

Essay: As Russian history repeats itself, Putin becomes Yeltsin

Russia’s pension reform continues to reverberate in domestic politics. For the first time ever, President Vladimir Putin has assumed full personal responsibility for an unpopular decision that directly infringes on the lives of most Russians. The effects are already visible in his slumping popularity and in the startling results of gubernatorial elections in several regions. Mr. Putin could be looking for an electoral out as he follows the downhill path of his predecessor, Boris Yeltsin.

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