“The world’s economy hasn’t calmed from turbulence,” Putin said in a New Year message broadcast on state television. “In this sense Russia is notably an island of stability -- in any case for now.”
Putin will seek to return to the Kremlin in March elections after serving as prime minister following two terms as president. He is also confronting the biggest anti-government protests in more than a decade after alleged fraud in Dec. 4 parliamentary elections.
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