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Unraveling the Mystery of Putin's Popularity

Jul 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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Russia is only now starting to emerge from a two-year recession that has hit its citizens' pocketbooks hard. But many still seem to hold the president in high regard. ...

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