Putin’s 70th Birthday Is Hailed in Russia and Derided in Ukraine

At home, however, many embraced the leader.

Newspapers trumpeted Mr. Putin’s 22-year tenure as the leader of the country, with Komsomolskaya Pravda drawing parallels to Peter the Great, Joseph Stalin and Leonid Brezhnev.

In Grozny, in Russia’s south, 20,000 Chechen fighters gathered for military demonstrations to honor him, a move that came two days after Mr. Putin promoted Ramzan Kadyrov, the region’s strongman leader, to the rank of colonel general.

Online, videos circulated of young…

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