‘Soviet-era enthusiasm’ delivers Putin landslide
By France 24
20 March 2018 | 7:46 am
Russian papers hail the victory of Vladimir Putin in an election the Nezavisimaya Gazeta says "recalled the enthusiasm of the Soviet era."
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