RUSSIA-POLITICS-GOVERNMENT-PUTIN

RUSSIA-POLITICS-GOVERNMENT-PUTIN

Russia's Prime Minister Vladimir Putin speaks during a Government Presidium meeting in Moscow on January 12, 2012. Russia's growth ticked up to 4.2 percent in 2011 from 4.0 percent in 2010, making it one of the three best-performing major economies in the world, Putin said. AFP PHOTO / POOL / YANA LAPIKOVA