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Putin’s End-of-Year Press Conference, in Photos

Russian President Vladimir Putin held his 15th annual end-of-year press conference at the World Trade Center in Moscow on Thursday.

Almost 1,900 journalists, including reporters from the UK, Turkey, Ukraine and Estonia, were accredited to attend the event, meaning almost 2,000 questions had been prepared in advance.

Of course, there wasn't enough time for the president to answer every question — so some journalists took drastic measures to catch Putin's eye and stand out from the crowd.

Here's a look at their best attempts: