Putin talks in whisper after Merkel `loud` rebuke

President Vladimir Putin reduced his voice to a whisper at a major economic forum after German Chancellor Angela Merkel accused the Russian strongman of often talking "loudly."

Police seize anti-Putin books on eve of Economic Forum

Russian police on Wednesday
seized 1,00,000 copies of a book critical of Prime Minister
Vladimir Putin that activists planned to hand out at the Saint
Petersburg International Economic Forum.