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Raining on Putin's parade: Why so many no-shows for WWII celebration?
Raining on Putin's parade: Why so many no-shows for WWII celebration?

Friends and foes have snubbed Saturday's Red Square military parade, a dent in Russians’ pride over their World War II sacrifice and President Vladimir Putin’s reputation for throwing blowout parties. Here’s why, little more than a year after Putin’s spectacular Winter Olympics bash, world leaders don’t want to be seen with him, even to celebrate the glorious defeat of Nazi Germany 70 years ago. U.S. and European officials decided months ago to boycott the garish display of military might in protest of Kremlin aggression in Ukraine. Eight of Russia's 14 former Soviet sister states are reportedly no-shows, signaling their dismay over Putin’s...

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