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US to snub Putin inauguration

US to snub Putin inauguration
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The United States said it would snub the inauguration Tuesday of Russian President Vladimir Putin after his latest election in which he faced no real opposition.

“We will not have a representative at his inauguration,” State Department spokesman Matthew Miller told reporters Monday.

Asked if the boycott meant the United States considered Putin illegitimate, Miller said, “We certainly did not consider that election free and fair, but he is the president of Russia and is going to continue in that capacity.”

Putin, 71, has led Russia as either president or prime minister since the turn of the century. The election commission said in March that he won a fifth term with 87.28 percent of the votes.

Putin’s most vocal critic, Alexei Navalny, died in an Arctic prison in February. His widow, Yulia Navalnaya, has encouraged the international community not to recognize Putin as a legitimate leader.


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