Russia Putin Economic Forum

June 21, 2012 - 3:47 PM
Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks at the economic forum in St. Petersburg, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2012. Putin has appointed a presidential ombudsman vested with special powers to defend the rights of company owners and directors in an attempt by the Kremlin to attract foreign investment. Putin made the announcement at a major economic forum in St. Petersburg on Thursday.(AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Presidential Press Service)