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(From The Moscow Times)
President Vladimir Putin is expected to speak about Iran, gas, NGOs and social spending when he addresses 560 Russian and foreign journalists at his near-annual news conference on Tuesday.
The news conference, the fifth in Putin's six years as president, will start at noon in the Kremlin Grand Palace's Round Hall and will be aired live on television channels Channel One and Rossia and on radio stations Radio Rossii and Mayak, a Kremlin spokeswoman said.
Putin spent most of the 3 1/2 hours of his last news conference, on Dec. 23, 2004, answering journalists' questions about domestic policies. But he reserved rather strong …