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July 10, 2006 3:00 AM

An increasingly confident Russia poses problems for U.S.

Five years ago, President Bush looked into Vladimir Putins eyes and thought he got a sense of his soul. But Putin turned out to be less a soul mate than a traditional autocratic Russian leader. Now, buoyed by billions of dollars in oil and natural gas surging through its pipelines each month, and rushing to leave behind 15 years of post-Soviet purgatory, Russia increasingly is trying to reclaim its status as a great power and a rival to the United States.

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