There has been international condemnation of the treaty signed by Vladimir Putin to make Crimea part of Russia. The West has called it a "land grab" and says it it violates international law.
Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder is unlikely to be punished for his Russian dealings, as Ukraine would like. But he's still coming under fire across the political spectrum in Germany.
Vladimir Putin told supporters in a victory speech in Moscow that Russia was "bound for success." While officials have reported strong turnout, monitoring groups have reported electoral violations.
President Vladimir Putin has cultivated his image as the force that guided Russia through the fallout of the collapse of the Soviet Union. That’s left many voters with little choice in the upcoming election.
World leaders are weighing in with praise as well as harsh criticism for Putin's re-election victory in Russia. Officials say the president garnered almost 77 percent of the vote, with an estimated turnout of 67 percent.
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