MOSCOW — Many Russian politicians cheered Britain's exit from the European Union on Friday, declaring the results a triumph of democracy and a failure of Western leadership that may help Russia rebuild ties with Europe after two years of economic sanctions.
With Britain seen here as a primary source of perceived anti-Russian sentiment in Europe, Sergei Sobyanin, the mayor of Moscow, said that "without Great Britain in the E.U., no one will so zealously defend the sanctions against us."
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