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U.S. Quiet as Putin Consolidates Power

Russian President Vladimir Putin says he needs more power to combat terrorism. Putin answers his critics by saying he's doing the same kinds of things that President Bush does in his war on terrorism. The reaction from the Bush administration has been muted. NPR's Michele Kelemen reports.

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Michele Kelemen has been with NPR for two decades, starting as NPR's Moscow bureau chief and now covering the State Department and Washington's diplomatic corps. Her reports can be heard on all NPR News programs, including Morning Edition and All Things Considered.