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Putin rejects foreign advice on democracy

• Associated Press

Putin's speech was his first state-of-the nation address since winning a third term in March's election despite a wave of massive protests in Moscow. Putin has pursued a tough course on dissent since his inauguration with arrests and searches of opposition activists and introduction of laws that impose heavy fines on protesters and rigid rules on civil society groups.

Speaking to lawmakers, officials and clerics who gathered in the Kremlin's ornate St. George's Hall, Putin said Russia would follow its own view on democracy and shrug off any "standards enforced on us from outside."

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