Putin Vows to Punish Speculators, Compares Opponents to Hitler

December 4, 2014 10:39 AM

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President Vladimir Putin pledged to punish “speculators” attacking the ruble with “harsh” measures in a defiant speech that reached into Russian history to defend his annexation of Crimea and compared his international opponents with Adolf Hitler.

Putin in his annual address to parliament vowed to repel any efforts to push Russia out of the Crimean peninsula in the same way that his country fought off the Nazis in World War II, which is known in Russia as the Great Patriotic War and is an emotional rallying point for the population.

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