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World Putin's tough stance burnishes his image (+video)

The Russian leader's popularity rises at home as many Russians see him – rightly – standing up to the West over Ukraine.

By Correspondent / March 27, 2014

Alexei Nikolskyi, RIA Novosti/REUTERS

Nina Moreyeva, a Moscow resident who lives on a pension, doesn't agree with the widespread perception in the West that Russian President Vladimir Putin has been too muscular in his actions in Ukraine. Quite the opposite. She believes Russia had the right to annex the Ukrainian territory of Crimea – even if it meant going to war with Kiev.