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Donald Trump is no Vladimir Putin

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One thing you should know about Vladimir Putin:  he gives a good speech.  Probably you don’t know that he does. Here are three brief excerpts, from occasions that presumably every Russian remembers, more vividly than snippets in translation can convey. In September 2004, after the Beslan massacre, in which 334 hostages were killed by Chechen terrorists, 186 of them children: Today we are living in conditions formed after the disintegration of a huge great country, the country which unfortunately turned out to be nonviable in the conditions of a rapidly changing world…. [D]espite all the difficulties,  we managed to preserve