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Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin (R) attaches a tracking collar to a 230-kg (507-pound) polar bear as he assists in polar bear research during his visit to Alexandra Land on Franz Josef Land in the far north of Russia in the Barents Sea April 29, 2010. REUTERS/RIA Novosti/Pool/Alexei Nikolsky

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.