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Macho man Putin

Russia's President Vladimir Putin (L, top), Governor of Moscow Region Sergei Shoigu (R) and former player Valeri Kamensky take part in the All-Russian ice hockey festival among amateur teams at Megasport Arena in Moscow, May 7, 2012. Putin played for a team representing the Russian Amateur Ice Hockey League, which competed with the Russian Legends Team. REUTERS/Aleksey Nikolskyi/RIA Novosti/Pool

Protests escalate on Putin's birthday

Russian youths came out in droves to revolt against Vladimir Putin on his birthday. The Russian President turned 60 on Oct. 7, and has recently sought to demonstrate his youthful vigor by many personal endeavors, but while he has shown creativity in his action-man stunts, he seems surprisingly vulnerable to the vagaries of oil prices.