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Putin not "so smart", says Obama

Russian economy suffering as sanctions prove successful

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Mr Putin autographing a photo book on him after an annual New Year reception in Moscow last Friday. In a radio interview broadcast on Monday, Mr Obama said "ultimately, the big advantage we have with Russia is that we've got a dynamic, vital economy - and they don't".

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RUSSIAN President Vladimir Putin - hailed as a "genius" by some people earlier this year - hasn't been "so smart" as sanctions that his country faces are proving successful, US President Barack Obama says in a year-end interview with NPR.

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