May 9, 2019

THANKS, UR!:

Putin, battling ratings slump, reviews Red Square military parade (Christian Lowe, Andrew Osborn, 5/09/19, Reuters)

Battling a ratings slump as Russia grinds through a sixth consecutive year of falling real incomes, Putin looked on as thousands of troops marched past and columns of tanks rumbled across the famous square in a display reminiscent of the Cold War era. [...]

Russia's ties with the West soured following its annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, and Moscow has continued to challenge the United States through its staunch support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro.

World leaders have attended in the past, but were conspicuous by their absence on Thursday, something the Kremlin played down.

These tin pots do love them some parades...

Posted by at May 9, 2019 4:03 AM

  

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