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This Happened — March 4: Putin Is President Again

Vladimir Putin was re-elected as president of Russia on this day in 2012.

Why was Putin's re-election in 2012 controversial? 

Putin's re-election in 2012 was controversial due to allegations of election fraud and voter intimidation. The opposition also claimed that the government used its control over the media to favor Putin and smear his opponents. Additionally, some opposition figures were arrested or prevented from running in the election, leading to concerns about political repression.

How long has Putin been in power in Russia?

Vladimir Putin has been in power in Russia for over two decades. He was first elected as president in 2000, and has also served as prime minister and chairman of the ruling United Russia party. When he was re-elected in 2012, it was Putin's third time serving as president, after taking a four-year pause because of term limits.

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Pope Francis leads the weekly general audience in the Vatican. Though doctors ordered him to skip a trip to COP28 in Dubai, the pontiff was feeling better after battling a lung inflammation.

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Welcome to Wednesday, where talks are underway in Qatar to prolong the ceasefire between Hamas and Israel, the 41 Indian workers who had been trapped in a tunnel for 17 days have all been rescued, and Kyrgyzstan votes to alter its flag design because of a flower. Meanwhile, Guillaume Ptak for French daily Les Echos reports from the frontlines in Donetsk, Ukraine, where a bitter winter is setting in and a deadly DIY drone war rages on.

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