Dueling Russian Poets Keep Putin in Power

Nov. 4 (Bloomberg) -- In Russia, a poet is more than a poet. The strong feelings revealed in a recent national argument over two bards -- Yevgeny Yevtushenko, long emigrated to the U.S., and Joseph Brodsky, who died in 1996 -- might even help explain how the regime of President Vladimir Putin is able to maintain its grip on power.

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