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Putin Tones Down His Annual Reality Show

He ducked questions on foreign policy and quit after just 3 hours and 41 minutes.

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Photographer: Mikhail Klimentyev/AFP/Getty Images

President Vladimir Putin hosted his annual television call-in show on Thursday. This time, however, his heart didn't seem to be in it. As in the past, some of his statements failed the test of basic fact-checking. and he still sounded like a parody of himself -- recalling Dr. Evil from the "Austin Powers" film series -- but he also also read economic statistics from a piece of paper, while previously he had made a point of demonstrating his impressive memory. 

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