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A sense of normality has prevailed in the week since Putin announced his candidacy for next year's presidential elections

On this overcast morning in Moscow there is one prevailing feeling about the place: a sense of normality. It is over a week since Prime Minister Vladimir Putin announced his candidacy for next year’s presidential election, but to walk around the city, you would never guess it. There are no mass protests, no banner headlines proclaiming the end of democracy, nothing indeed to let an outsider know that anything of significance…

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