Russian President Putin gestures during his address at the opening of the St Petersburg International Economic Forum in St Petersburg

Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures during his address at the opening of the St Petersburg International Economic Forum in St Petersburg June 21, 2012. Putin sought to reassure foreign investors on Thursday that Russia was committed to liberal reforms and privatisation and signalled to opponents that he would not allow protests to develop into civil unrest. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin (RUSSIA - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS)