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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Putin Coy on Program

MOSCOW -- Acting President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday he was in no hurry to publish details of his program ahead of the presidential election as it would immediately become "an object of attack."

"As soon as it is given out, it will be gnawed at and torn to pieces," Putin, shown on ORT television, told university students.

He is considered an obvious choice for president but his plans for the economy remain a mystery. He has promised to strengthen the role of the government and develop a market economy, a turn of phrase that has appealed to both left and right in its lack of precision.