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Saturday, October 18, 2008

Vladimir Putin: the mask slips

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's dog Koni was recently used in a demonstration of Russia's new Global Navigation Satellite System (GLONASS):
Televised images yesterday showed a GLONASS specialist putting the black collar on the black Labrador, pictured. "She looks sad, it's the end of her freedom," [deputy Prime Minister] Ivanov said. But Mr. Putin countered, "She's wagging her tail, that means she likes it."

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