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Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin could attend the annual meeting
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin could attend the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, in January 2009, a Russian government source said on Wednesday.

"The issue of the Russian prime minister's participation in the World Economic Forum to be held on January 28, 2009 is currently being considered. Vladimir Putin is very likely to visit Davos," the source said.

World Economic Forum annual meetings are traditionally held at Davos, and gather representatives of political and business elites from all over the world to discuss issues of global economic development.

Putin, who was Russian president between 2000 and 2008, has yet to attend a World Economic Forum meeting.

This year, the Russian delegation at the forum was headed by Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin, while in 2007 the delegation was headed by current Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, who was first deputy prime minister at the time.

The 2009 World Economic Forum will focus on the financial crisis and growing food prices.

The World Economic Forum was founded in 1971, and is an independent international organization. Its meetings are used to discus pressing issues rather than make decisions. Selected intellectuals and business figures are often invited to attend.


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