Month: February 2015

Putin the Great

You shouldn’t get the wrong idea about Vladimir Putin. Russians love him, and that’s good. Isn’t it? The most reliable poll in Russia from the Levada Center measured his popularity at 83% after the annexation of Crimea, whilst back in 2013 it was at a record low of 30%. (Note 1)

It seems fair to conclude that there is a universal sense of having been sidelined or humiliated in Russia, since the dissolution of the Soviet Union, and of being treated like a second-rate nation. The recent prominence of Putin on the world stage, which has come with his military adventures into Ukraine, has raised his esteem in the eyes of the ordinary Russian because they want to feel their country is glorious again. Read More