Putin's Russia is No Syria
RUSI Newsbrief, 27 Mar 2012
By Igor Sutyagin
There is an obvious contradiction to recent events in Russia. On the one hand, Vladimir Putin was identified by the ruling elite as someone who could shield them against growing public discontent. Indeed, despite all that has happened in the country, Putin still enjoys full or conditional public approval ratings at a level unknown in the West: 73 per cent. On the other hand, Russian television networks – including those controlled by Putin’s closest compatriots – are not shy of being acerbic, cracking humiliating jokes about the prime minister or openly criticising his policies. So what lies behind this contradiction?
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