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Unraveling the Mystery of Putin's Popularity

MIN READJul 19, 2017 | 08:00 GMT

A number of polls, especially those conducted by the politically independent Levada Center in Moscow, support the conclusion that Russians genuinely hold leader Vladimir Putin in high regard.

A number of polls, especially those conducted by the politically independent Levada Center in Moscow, support the conclusion that Russians genuinely hold leader Vladimir Putin in high regard.

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Why is Vladimir Putin so popular in Russia? After all, with the country just barely emerging from a two-year recession brought on by a combination of sanctions and low oil prices, you would think that the president's popularity would be taking a hit. But no. His approval ratings are still remarkably high -- depending on the pollster and the date, they're often over 80 percent. How can that be?...

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