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Fawning tributes for Putin’s birthday

MOSCOW — Kremlin officials like to insist President Vladimir Putin does not care for big birthday bashes and that he was to spend his 60th on Sunday quietly celebrating.

However, the president’s supporters don’t appear to have received the memo, and so the day saw an unprecedented exhibition of Putin idolatry reminiscent of some of the world’s oddest cults of personality.

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