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Why is Putin so popular?

Despite economic woes, propaganda and patriotism have protected Russia's President—so far

Do we need to take the fight to Putin?

The Russian economy has been in a downward spiral for several months, with inflation now at 8.3 per cent, food products disappearing from shop shelves, capital flight from the country accelerating, its Gross Domestic Product declining and the value of the rouble at a four-year low. Yet Russians, for the moment at least, are more satisfied with their President than ever before. Putin’s approval ratings are over 80…

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