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Bush and Putin clash over democracy

The two leaders exchange harsh sentiments

What happenedPresident Bush this week took his global democracy campaign to Russia and the former Soviet bloc, where he challenged Russian President Vladimir Putin over his backsliding on democratic reforms. Bush admonished Putin in private, White House aides said, and then stood by his side in Red Square to watch a parade celebrating the 60th anniversary of the defeat of Nazi Germany. Bush thanked Russia, which lost 27 million soldiers and civilians in World War II, for helping to seal the victory over Hitler. But on a stop in Latvia, Bush said that by letting Eastern Europe fall under Soviet domination after the war, the West had committed

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