'Czar Putin': as secure as he seems?

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By Guy Faulconbridge and Stephen Grey PARIS (Reuters) - Vladimir Putin turned 63 this week with his now traditional display of sporting prowess, and an announcement that Russian naval vessels had launched a wave of missiles against Islamic State in Syria. "Putin is a hostage of his entourage," Sergei Pugachev, who once counted the Kremlin chief as a close family friend, told Reuters in an interview in Paris. The animosity between Pugachev and the Russian government is well documented.