Don’t bet against Putin extending his winning streak

The Russian leader has shored up his nation’s influence on the world stage as approval ratings remain robust at home

4th January, 2020
Don’t bet against Putin extending his winning streak
Vladimir Putin: a total of 61 per cent of Russians still rate his performance positively. Picture: Getty

Predictions of serious struggles for Vladimir Putin – or even the Russian president’s political demise – have become increasingly frequent. A recent article in The Economist, headlined “An awful week for Vladimir Putin”, is just one example. The assessment that rings truest, however, comes from Steven Lee Myers, the Putin biographer and New York Times correspondent. “Putin,” Myers has repeatedly said to me, “always wins.”

Maybe “always”...

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