Russia’s Prime Minister and President-el

Russia's Prime Minister and President-el

Russia’s Prime Minister and President-elect Vladimir Putin makes a pause as he speaks in the State Duma lower house of parliament, in Moscow, on April 11, 2012. Putin said today Russia has beaten the economic crisis and called on political forces to unite as he prepares to return to the Kremlin next month. AFP PHOTO / KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV (Photo credit should read KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images)