Putin: I Am Not Authoritarian

But he thinks the US is arrogant

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Dec 20, 2012 12:30 PM CST

(Newser) – For a man with a bad back, Russian President Vladimir Putin sat up straight for more than four hours today in his annual marathon news conference, brushing off claims that he's an authoritarian leader and lashing out at the US:

  • He complained that a
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