Vladimir Putin

Posted October 27th, 2011 at 4:26 pm (UTC+0)
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Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, right, examines an Orthodox relic, the Belt of the Virgin Mary from the Vatopedi Monastery on the Mount Athos, at Pulkovo airport in St. Petersburg, Russia, Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011. Putin was in St. Petersburg on business when the relic was brought to St. Petersburg, the first of several Russian cities where it will be taken for believers to worship. (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Pool)

James Brooke
James Brooke is the Russia/CIS bureau chief for Voice of America. A lifelong journalist, he covered West Africa, Brazil, the American Rocky Mountain States, Canada, and Japan/Korea for The New York Times. A resident of Moscow since 2006, he was first Bloomberg bureau chief for the region. In 2010, he joined VOA. In addition to writing Russia Watch, his weekly blog, he also does video, radio and web reports from Russia and the former USSR.

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James Brooke is VOA Moscow bureau chief, covering Russia and the former USSR. With The New York Times, he worked as a foreign correspondent in Africa, Latin America, Canada and Japan/Koreas. He studied Russian in college during the Brezhnev years, first visited Moscow as a reporter during the final months of Gorbachev, and then came back for reporting forays during the Yeltsin and early Putin years. In 2006, he moved to Moscow to report for Bloomberg. He joined VOA in Moscow in 2010. Follow Jim on Twitter @VOA_Moscow.

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