Putin laughs off gossip after 10-day absence

A poster stands near to a banner with the image of Russian President Vladimir Putin, during a rally marking the one year anniversary of the referendum in Crimea that supported its secession from Ukraine, in Simferopol, Crimea, Monday, March 16, 2015. (AP/Mikhail Mordasov)

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on March 17, 2015, on page 11.




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