US intelligence chief says Russia likely to face greater political strain over next year
Tuesday 12th March, 2013

WASHINGTON – The top U.S. intelligence official says that Russian President Vladimir Putin faces greater political challenges than ever before. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told lawmakers Tuesday that he expects the Russian political system to come under greater strain in the next year because of social discontent. In his annual assessment of global threats to the United States, Clapper said in prepared testimony that Putin’s crackdown on opposition after he returned to the presidency last year has helped the Kremlin reassert control. But the aggressive approach has also le…

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