Vladimir Putin Storms Back to Public Stage to Celebrate Crimea Takeover

March 18, 2015 8:13 PM

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Russian President Vladimir Putin returned in force to the public stage this evening, appearing at a large concert outside the Kremlin to celebrate the annexation of Crimea one year ago.

Tens of thousands of people, plastered in multicolored jackets, waving flags and brandishing placards with slogans such as “Je suis Crimea,” turned out to see Putin and celebrate what they view as a moment marking Russia’s resurgence as a great power.

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