Vladimir Putin

Before the 2000 election that awarded the presidency to George W. Bush, Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke candidly on "Larry King Live" about his past in the KGB, his country's relatonship with the United States and the loss of Russian navy submarine Kursk, in which 118 men died in August of that year. At the time, Putin had been criticized in the media for his handling of the disaster. "The only thing which could have been changed was ... possibly to halt my working meetings, to suspend them at my place of vacation ... I could have gone back to Moscow," Putin told King. --Todd Martens

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