Putin's return would help business, analysts say

09/28/2011 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

Kremlin-watchers say Vladimir Putin's return as Russia's president would be good for foreign companies and investors, regardless of whether they support his specific policies. Some say Putin could remain in power longer than Joseph Stalin did, and that his "soft authoritarian" style would create a stable business climate. "Predictability will at least in the short-term reassure investors and improve market sentiment," says analyst Cliff Kupchan.

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