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Patient and confident, Russia's Putin shifts out of wartime crisis mode

Russian President Vladimir Putin meeting young entrepreneurs in Moscow last month. PHOTO: AFP
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MOSCOW (NYTIMES) - Early in his war against Ukraine, President Vladimir Putin of Russia appeared tense, angry and even disoriented. He spent days out of the public eye, threatened the West with nuclear strikes, and lashed out at anti-war Russians as "scum".

But in June, a new Putin has emerged, very much resembling his pre-war image: relaxed, patient and self-confident.

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