Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a news conference in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012. Russian President Vladimir Putin has rejected charges of authoritarianism an

 

              Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a news conference in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012. Russian President Vladimir Putin has rejected charges of authoritarianism an
Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a news conference in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012. Russian President Vladimir Putin has rejected charges of authoritarianism and lashed out at the United States in his annual marathon news conference. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)