Putin profits from bunker mentality
Russians, fatalistic by nature, tend to rally behind their autocratic leader when external threats appear
Everything worked out exactly as planned in the run-up to Russian president Vladimir Putin’s mammoth state-of-the-nation press conference in Moscow on Thursday.
The reliable Levada Institute’s estimate of his support at 85 per cent seems unassailable, for the moment. As he stepped onto the rostrum, the rouble was recovering. The president looked young and vigorous. The citizens were reassured that all would be well with the economy in two years at the most....
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