The ever-mighty Vladimir Putin kills a tiger and saves a small village of gophers a TV crew:
MOSCOW – He’s driven a big truck, flown in a Russian fighter jet and fished shirtless on national television. Now comes Vladimir Putin’s latest image-boosting escapade, a visit to a Russian wildlife preserve that gave him the chance to wear camouflage, stalk through the woods and shoot a tiger — all for a good cause.
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Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2007
Choosing Order Before Freedom
In a year when Al Gore won the Nobel Peace Prize and green became the new red, white and blue; when the combat in Iraq showed signs of cooling but Baghdad’s politicians showed no signs of statesmanship; when China, the rising superpower, juggled its pride in hosting next summer’s Olympic Games with its embarrassment at shipping toxic toys around the world; and when J.K. Rowling set millions of minds and hearts on fire with the final volume of her 17-year saga—one nation that had fallen off our mental map, led by one steely and determined man, emerged as a critical linchpin of the 21st century.