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New Tensions Shadow Putin's State Of Nation Speech

Russian President Vladimir Putin delivered his annual state of the nation speech on Wednesday at a time of increased tensions.

Tensions escalated because of the detention of opposition activist Alexei Navalny and Russia’s new show of force on the border with Ukraine.

Here & Now‘s Peter O’Dowd speaks with NPR’s Lucian Kim in Moscow.

This article was originally published on WBUR.org.

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