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No year-end press conference for Putin amid Russia’s faltering war in Ukraine

Kremlin says traditional event will not take place in further sign leader is becoming more remote

Vladimir Putin will not hold a year-end press conference for the first time in at least a decade, in what Kremlin-watchers view as a break with protocol due to his war in Ukraine.

The marathon press-conferences are traditionally an occasion for the Russian president to burnish his image, a campy spectacle that allows Putin to play the populist on national television each December.

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