The popular Russian leader burnished his 'teflon' image in 2001, managing to lead the country and conduct foreign policy on his own terms while benefiting from a continuing economic revival. You have reached a premium content area of TOL. To read this entire article please login if you are already a TOL subscriber. Not a subscriber? Subscribe today for access to: Full access to the website, including premium articles videos, country reports and searchable archives (containing over 25,000 articles). You can subscribe here to gain access to the entire website.