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What explains the popularity of Putin (The National Interest, USA)

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What explains the popularity of Putin (The National Interest, USA)



Whatever may be said about Vladimir Putin, he is a master of political survival. When protests against his return to the presidency began in Moscow four years ago, many in the West wrote it off right away (one famous book even promised to tell you “how Russia fell in love with and fell out of love with Vladimir Putin”). Nevertheless, 3 of December of this year, Putin issued the next presidential address to the Federal Assembly - and still remains record-breaking.

Western commentators often speak in such a tone as if they looked into the future and did not see Putin there. However, surveys of the independent Russian sociological service Levada Center show that there is no reason to expect an uprising soon. In contrast, the Kremlin is one of three structures that Russians more often trust than do not trust (armies trust 64%, churches and other religious organizations - 53%). At the same time, Putin personally "completely trust" 80% of respondents.

What does it mean?

Western media often blames Putin’s popularity for the influence of state-controlled Russian television — that is, brainwashing. However, such a one-sided approach is based on a distorted picture of the relationship between government and public opinion. Characteristically, only 34% of Russians expressed their confidence in the media.

The brainwashing theory overlooks one of the most important features of modern Russia: for the first time since the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991 (if not for the first time since the 1917 revolution of the year), the government’s policy reflects the views and sentiments of the conservative Russian majority, and not Westernist, neoliberal (or Marxist) elite.

Levada Center has been asking the Russians what they want from the president, from 1996 onwards. During this time, expectations have changed little. In the 2012 year (that is, before the onset of the Ukrainian crisis) the priorities were: restoration of the status of Russia as a great power (57%, in 1996 year - 54%); ensuring law and order (52%, in 1996 year - 58%); a more equitable distribution of national wealth (49%, in the 1996 year - 37%); and increasing the role of the state in the economy (37%, as it was in 1996 year).

Such sentiments reflect persistent nostalgia for some elements of the Soviet system, as well as dissatisfaction with the westernizing path that the country has been following since the collapse of the USSR. In 2012, only a smaller part of the respondents (16%, in 1996, 13%) believed that Russia should continue the liberal reforms of Yeltsin times, and very few (5%, in 1996, 6%) considered rapprochement with the West desirable.

At the same time, 70% of respondents are now proud of their country, while a decade ago less than half of Russians said so. It is also characteristic that since 2014, 68% of Russians believe that Russia regained the position of a great power.

The fact that the overwhelming majority of respondents (91%) expressed a preference for Russian food products for imported confirms that a consensus has developed in the country around import substitution (a response to Western sanctions) as a necessary measure to support domestic industry and, especially, agriculture.

Of course, this coincidence of state policy and public opinion does not make Russia a democracy. However, in the West, opinion polls often serve as a substitute for democratic mechanisms, so why in Russia should they not have the same function?

However, the main thing in this case is that the Russian “conservative turn” that began after Putin returned to the Kremlin in March 2012, which in the West is considered to be the onset of authoritarianism and Putin's arbitrariness, is probably closer to the outlook of the Russian conservative and patriotic majority than to admit most western governments.

It is possible that the authorities of post-Soviet Russia in foreign and economic policy have never approached the views of the majority of the population as they do now. So says, in particular, the deputy dean of the political science department of the Moscow State Institute of International Relations, Igor Okunev, with whom I recently spoke in Moscow.

“Historically, the Russian government has always been more liberal than the population. I believe that Putin, unlike Gorbachev and Yeltsin, decided to take it for granted and use it as a foothold. He moved on to this strategy after the 2011 protests of the year. It was then that he decided to leave the liberal minority and rely on a conservative majority. ”

Director of the Russian Institute for National Strategy Mikhail Remizov shares this opinion. “Russian democracy, by definition, should be conservative, populist, nationalist and protectionist,” he said. According to him, before 2012, conservatives, “certainly enjoying the sympathies of the majority of the people, took the place of the opposition. Real power remained in the hands of the neoliberal elite who ruled the country since 1990. ”

Now the situation has changed. “Putin’s in vain is called a nationalist,” said Remizov. - In the Russian context, he is rather a sovereign. However, on the whole, the Kremlin’s agenda is now being shaped by the opposition of the 2000s: by a conservative, patriotic majority. ”

However, Western countries often perceive the Russian liberal-opposition minority as the vanguard of a hidden liberal majority. Dmitry Trenin, director of the Carnegie Moscow Center, believes that in doing so, the West is putting the wrong horse. “It’s not only Putin’s case,” he said in Moscow in a speech I attended. - The point is in the nature of society as a whole. Putin can authoritarianly rule the country with the consent of those he rules. ” The imaginary liberal majority that expects liberation from the West does not exist. The problem of the Russian liberals, according to Trenin, is the same, “what the problems of the Russian revolutionaries have always been: they look down on the rest of the country and consider people as fools”.

At the same time, Trenin looks at the ability of the current rulers of Russia to cope with the deep-rooted problems of the country with the same pessimism: “We should expect some shocks. Sooner or later these dams will be broken. ”

Does this mean that Putin, for all his popularity, simply brought Russia back to the deadlock it was in before the revolution?

In tsarist times, the bourgeois liberal elite, striving to imitate Western Europe socially, politically and economically, fought against the conservative, collectivist worldview of the Orthodox peasantry (and its educated Slavophile patrons, based on the desire to preserve special Russian practices.

The government clumsily hesitated between these two sides, until in World 1917 it was not swept up by World War I and the power was not seized by a disciplined revolutionary group, guided by yet another Western ideology - Marxism.

Some believe that Russia is doomed to another revolution. Some (in particular, an expert from Chatham House Richard Sakwa) believe that Russia can come to democracy by transforming the system created by Putin. As a matter of fact, the consensus support of the president by the Russian society itself may mean that the “democratic evolution” is closer than we think. “The strength of Putin’s political position makes this moment ideal for power experiments with political competition,” says Remizov.

However, the West should not have illusions. Judging by the current Russian sentiments, the future democratic Russia is likely to differ little from Putin's one.
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  1. avvg
    avvg 21 December 2015 05: 17 New
    +9
    Putin is telling the truth!
    1. Alexander Romanov
      Alexander Romanov 21 December 2015 05: 37 New
      +5
      I want to read comments like Putin sold Russia, his money in American banks, he pushes Russia into the abyss, and I still do not remember what else.
      Let’s write, only now under the real flags, and not under the red ones lol
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      3. Tatyana
        Tatyana 21 December 2015 06: 00 New
        10
        V.V. Putin, as a person and leader of the country, is more complicated than the Americans think and write about him.
        I am more of Remizov’s opinion of Putin that
        V.V. Putin is a SOVEREIGNIST who stands in the international arena for Russia's national interests.
        From the text of the article
        “Putin is called a nationalist in vain,” Remizov said. - In the Russian context, he is rather sovereign. However, in general, the Kremlin’s agenda is now formed by the opposition of the 2000’s: a conservative, patriotic majority. ”
        1. Blondy
          Blondy 21 December 2015 07: 33 New
          +5
          Quote: Tatiana
          “Putin is called a nationalist in vain,” Remizov said. - In the Russian context, he is rather sovereign. However, in general, the Kremlin’s agenda is now formed by the opposition of the 2000’s: a conservative, patriotic majority. ”


          Ah, if so, it was only after Madvedev’s visit that the Chinese were already quite impressed, and by the way, in unison with the opinion of the “conservative patriotic majority” in Xinhua’s article, they very hinted that these guys were driving the wrong way.
      4. vovanpain
        vovanpain 21 December 2015 06: 01 New
        27
        And so that the liberals would not sing, Putin does not bend under the western mongrel.
      5. fraer
        fraer 21 December 2015 06: 08 New
        +4
        Quote: Alexander Romanov
        Let's write

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        Comment has been deleted.
        As I understand it, it was them. lol
        1. Alexander Romanov
          Alexander Romanov 21 December 2015 07: 27 New
          0
          Quote: fraer
          As I understand it, it was them.

          No, I deleted one repeat of the comment, two more Tatyana herself deleted her
          1. fraer
            fraer 21 December 2015 07: 51 New
            -1
            Quote: Alexander Romanov
            No, one repeat of the comment deleted,

            It's a pity. recourse I would be in your place (dreaming) wink And those and others, at the root. One for sugary comments, others for the fact that in mathematics there is no boom-boom.
            Forgot that from a change in the terms of the terms, the amount does not change. request
            Let (those) steer? fellow
      6. sssla
        sssla 21 December 2015 08: 07 New
        +5
        Quote: Alexander Romanov
        I want to read comments like Putin sold Russia, his money in American banks, he pushes Russia into the abyss, and I still do not remember what else.

        "You don’t go here, you go there, look there for Putin’s food"
      7. IS-80
        IS-80 21 December 2015 10: 28 New
        0
        Quote: Alexander Romanov
        Let’s write, only now under the real flags, and not under the red ones

        Liberal Putin leaked the Donbass. Romanov is a propagandist at the Kremlin’s salary. fellow
      8. Maxom75
        Maxom75 21 December 2015 10: 35 New
        -1
        It’s just that Putin doesn’t lie or betray, and this is exactly what is valued among the Russian people! Well, they don’t like sweet, lying speeches and Judas in our country.
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    3. oldseaman1957
      oldseaman1957 21 December 2015 06: 52 New
      +5
      Quote: avvg
      Putin is telling the truth!
      - Unlike Gorbachev and Yeltsin, Putin realizes that he is leading the Great Power. Therefore, the whole algorithm of his actions in foreign policy forces the West to accept this. And in domestic politics, we are still “dear Russians” (according to Yeltsin), and it’s hard for us to understand the Kremlin's undercover games. And then the people are slowly becoming wild.
      1. sssla
        sssla 21 December 2015 08: 17 New
        -1
        Quote: oldseaman1957
        And then the people are slowly becoming wild.
        The master left and you can tear the shirt, you with your tacit consent for rudeness and lead the country into the abyss !!! Who carries on that carry !!!
      2. Heritologist
        Heritologist 21 December 2015 10: 30 New
        +1
        Levada Center has been asking the Russians what they want from the president, from 1996 onwards. During this time, expectations have changed little. In the 2012 year (that is, before the onset of the Ukrainian crisis) the priorities were: restoration of the status of Russia as a great power (57%, in 1996 year - 54%); ensuring law and order (52%, in 1996 year - 58%); a more equitable distribution of national wealth (49%, in the 1996 year - 37%); and increasing the role of the state in the economy (37%, as it was in 1996 year).
        In my opinion, the defining here is law and order. This is the main priority and the foundation of the state. There will be this, there will be everything else.
        But unfortunately for the 15 years that Putin has been in power, little has been done in this direction. And from the ruling "ilita" of the 90s, the current one is practically no different (and the faces are much the same). A little varnished, changed the tone ... but the bastard essence is the same.
        1. sssla
          sssla 21 December 2015 12: 10 New
          -2
          Quote: Heritologist
          A little varnished, changed the tone ... but the bastard essence is the same.

          See the video above !!! Barin tells PEOPLE what? You don’t “lick” me, so I’ll take the freshly laid asphalt (for state-owned cash) and break it down to a landfill, but everything around is yes, we are grateful to you, great governor !! And when he leaves so immediately the air in his chest and Putin vinovaaaaaat !!! Putin is far away and the barrel on him right now is in fashion !! He physically cannot follow everything !! You say, “So you need to select a team normally” and I will answer you “Why are you so smart and poor and do not have Miss World 2015 in your wives” ??????? Here it is !!!
    4. Monster_Fat
      Monster_Fat 21 December 2015 09: 28 New
      -6
      "Putin is telling the truth!"
      Well, how could you not "lick" without. "Truth" says? I wonder where he told her and what? About how he "trusts the government and the Central Bank"? Or when he says that we’re not letting go of our own? "Own" is who? Most likely, she doesn’t finish her “truth” or doesn’t want to speak. So he said that "social benefits will not be reduced under any circumstances" and how, are they not reduced? In "currency terms"? Here he said at the beginning that “the retirement age will not increase” ... And now he says in a slightly different way: “it is not the time to increase the retirement age” ... And which of these sayings is “truthful”?
      1. Baikal
        Baikal 21 December 2015 10: 03 New
        +2
        And judging by the flag, are you worried about the Russian pension very or very much? laughing
        1. Monster_Fat
          Monster_Fat 21 December 2015 10: 12 New
          0
          And, where does the "flag"? Or does he act like a bullfighter's red rag? I’m not specifically talking about “pensions”, but about which of the sayings is “truer” and where is the “truth” about which some people write.
          1. Baikal
            Baikal 21 December 2015 10: 47 New
            +4
            In general - there is little, it acts wink
            There can be many factors of such decisions. For example:

            Quote: Monster_Fat
            So he said that "social benefits will not be reduced under any circumstances" and how, are they not reduced?

            I’ll try to explain in a simpler way: Imagine that you train hard and strive to run a marathon, say, at a distance of A. Since the task is quite feasible, you declare: after a year of training, you will be able to “run without problems”. But! After some time, at the next training session, the thieving and, in essence, stupid as crushed stone dog Mattress (typically hanging around in other people's barns) ran through your leg.
            Question: Will you still beat the remaining heel of yourself in the chest, focus on distance A, and eventually wipe so that “one ears will reach the battery”, or, until the leg grows out, take a chair with wheels and reorient to distance B?
            Nothing reminds a fairy tale, by the way? Your flag inspired ... laughing

            Quote: Monster_Fat
            Here he said at the beginning that “the retirement age will not increase” ... And now he says a little differently: “it is not time yet to increase the retirement age”

            Well, if the average life expectancy of a Russian increases, say, before 90 + he adds in quality and health - why not increase your pension? yes
            In my opinion - you need to thump yourself less, smoke in the mornings - jump-jump around the stadium) Then you can do your favorite thing in life much longer. And do not tell in 40 years that they drank health for their homeland - give pension on pills laughing
            But that is another story smile
            1. sssla
              sssla 21 December 2015 12: 23 New
              +2
              Baikal - there can be many solutions. For instance:

              What)) I liked the examples))
          2. sssla
            sssla 21 December 2015 12: 21 New
            0
            Quote: Monster_Fat
            And, where does the "flag"

            It’s just that you have a mattress-like train (unsuitable)
    5. Hon
      Hon 21 December 2015 10: 45 New
      -2
      Quote: avvg
      Putin is telling the truth!

      yes he stars like breathing
      1. PHANTOM-AS
        PHANTOM-AS 21 December 2015 11: 58 New
        +1
        Quote: Hon
        yes he stars like breathing

        unconditioned reflex, however.
        1. sssla
          sssla 21 December 2015 12: 25 New
          0
          Quote: PHANTOM-AS
          unconditioned reflex

          And where let me ask you ???
  2. EFA
    EFA 21 December 2015 05: 18 New
    12
    Putin's popularity in Russia, and not only, but even in the West, is simply explained. This is the politician who speaks openly and sometimes sharply, acts confidently and decisively, defends his point of view and "shows his teeth."

    Western leaders do not have all this, which against its background look like soft-bodied mumbles, and even if attempts are made to formidable rhetoric, it looks faded, if not ridiculous.

    That's the whole secret, in my opinion.
    1. subbtin.725
      subbtin.725 21 December 2015 09: 24 New
      +1
      You look at the photo in the article and the thought itself comes to mind: And the eyes are so kind, kind ...
  3. kostya-petrov
    kostya-petrov 21 December 2015 05: 22 New
    +7
    Putin may not be loved, but we must and must respect him!
    This is the head of our state! And he showed that Russia is not an alien country to him, and he is ready to revive it, and he is ready to defend it in the international arena!
    Much depends on us, how we work in the field, how and what we follow in life!
    1. Vladimirets
      Vladimirets 21 December 2015 08: 18 New
      +5
      Quote: kostya-petrov
      we must and must respect him!
      This is the head of our state!

      Something I did not really want to respect the Tagged with EBN. recourse
  4. Hubun
    Hubun 21 December 2015 05: 24 New
    +5
    I fully support the GDP policy, respect as a wise person and believe that he is able to raise him from his knees and not give anyone our country a grudge.
    1. PHANTOM-AS
      PHANTOM-AS 21 December 2015 12: 03 New
      +1
      Quote: Hubun
      I fully support the GDP policy, respect as a wise person and believe that he is able to lift from his knees and not give anyone offense

      well done, in 2016 you will be thanked.
      Quote: Hubun
      our home.

      Homeland - write with a capital letter.
      Then everything will work out for you.
  5. 33 Watcher
    33 Watcher 21 December 2015 05: 25 New
    +6
    He is simply a brilliant politician, and a man too, now there are almost no such people in power, all gray ones. They buried all the bright ones, in the 20th century there were many, now they do not need steel.
    I’m interested in the question of what happened with the comments on this article: “Media: a missile strike on the outskirts of Damascus could be inflicted by the Israeli Air Force”
    What, everyone completely quarreled and they were removed? belay I will say for myself, I do not justify terrorism in any form, as well as double standards in relation to them! I tried to bring our Israeli friends to this. If anyone, what, did not understand.
  6. Teberii
    Teberii 21 December 2015 05: 26 New
    +8
    Whatever they say about Putin, but one thing needs to be recognized. Our president is the only politician of recent times who has his own opinion, defends the interests of the country. He does not rush about like his predecessors of the 90s, liberal in the direction of America, which she advises us. people respect him, a strong country needs a strong head of state.
    1. kostya-petrov
      kostya-petrov 21 December 2015 05: 28 New
      12
      liberal looking towards America

      F. M. Dostoevsky once very accurately said:
      "Our Russian liberal is, first and foremost, a lackey and just looks at how to clean his boots for someone."
      1. Kos_kalinki9
        Kos_kalinki9 21 December 2015 05: 52 New
        +4
        Quote: kostya-petrov
        liberal looking towards America

        F. M. Dostoevsky once very accurately said:
        "Our Russian liberal is, first and foremost, a lackey and just looks at how to clean his boots for someone."
        1. avva2012
          avva2012 21 December 2015 07: 23 New
          0
          "Demons," they are demons. Fedor Mikhailovich was a genius. For that his "enlightenment" and hate.
  7. Name
    Name 21 December 2015 05: 30 New
    +6
    Greetings to all! Putin V.V. just does what the Head of State should (must!) do for the good of HIS (State of course).
  8. Armored optimist
    Armored optimist 21 December 2015 05: 40 New
    +9
    He dragged Russia from the abyss. If there hadn’t been Putin, there would have been no Russia.
    1. Heritologist
      Heritologist 21 December 2015 10: 49 New
      -1
      What is there ...
      In the name of father, son, and holy spirit!
  9. Aleksandr72
    Aleksandr72 21 December 2015 05: 41 New
    12
    In my opinion, Putin’s popularity is explained by the fact that, unlike weak-willed European leaders, who even in domestic politics in their countries, are guided by a gentleman from across the ocean, fearing a shout from the latter. The Black Lord said - Russia is bad, atu it! and sanctions were imposed on Russia, the overseas puppet Hollande refused to supply the already paid “Mistral”, Merkel is also not very far behind him, I’ll just keep silent about the rest of the European mongrel. Against their background, Putin with his harsh statements (especially recently), decisive and unexpected actions for the West (Crimea - "polite people", Syria - support of Assad and the air forces - this is only part of the examples), the investigator’s wake always and everywhere US imperial foreign policy, against the background of these same European politicians (in whose countries the fate of the world had once been decided by historical standards not so long ago), looks at the same time defiant and at the same time attractive to those who consider themselves to be a patriot of their country, their people and wish his country, his people exaltation and a more worthy fate than being a puppet.
    Of course, the Russians, who, under Putin for the first time in many years, felt that their country was regaining the status of a Power again, take for granted the growth of national self-awareness, and experiencing legitimate pride from it, they want and demand much more from Putin - this is the decisive support of New Russia with the entry of Russian troops there, and here the immediate resignation, followed by imprisonment of a too liberal government, and much, much more, the list of such requirements the Russians themselves can continue and I am afraid that this list will be endless. And due to the fact that Putin does not want to fulfill these requirements and aspirations immediately, he immediately "putinsil" and "Putin all ... al."
    I wish all of us that Vladimir Vladimirovich would support his popularity in the future not only with words, but also with concrete decisions and actions, and I wish Russia to return the status of a Power (for which it would not be a shame, as under the EBN) and become the second pole of power in this world .
    I have the honor.
    1. Lyton
      Lyton 21 December 2015 06: 21 New
      +4
      Since 1996, this is the most sane and best president who can formulate a foreign policy and act without looking back at our partners, so to speak, it is a shame to recall a traitor and a drunk.
  10. EvgNik
    EvgNik 21 December 2015 05: 54 New
    +5
    Of course, this coincidence of state policy and public opinion does not make Russia a democracy.

    And who said that the people of Russia are striving for democracy?
    History teaches: democracies come and go, but the Russian people remain. (Aurelius Markov)

    We survived the blockade, we survived the abundance, we also survived the perestroika ... We will survive our democracy too. (Aurelius Markov)

    And what can I add to this? Just a couple more quotes? You are welcome. I have them.
    We used to have no smell of democracy, but now - at least plug your nose. (Aurelius Markov)

    Democracy is the freedom to open the mouth of everyone, but not everyone has it. (Leonid S. Sukhorukov)

    Democracy is fooling a people with the help of the people for the good of the people. (Oscar Wilde)
  11. Alexander 3
    Alexander 3 21 December 2015 06: 03 New
    +9
    Something I did not see a single president who himself would answer any questions from journalists. Putin is our best president.
    1. EvgNik
      EvgNik 21 December 2015 07: 43 New
      +4
      Quote: Alexander 3
      Something I did not see a single president who himself would answer any questions from journalists

      I have seen. Obama. The truth is not for everything, but only for the first two questions. On the third, I sneaked and fled. Well, it's Obama, it’s amazing that he answered at least two.
      1. Djubal
        Djubal 21 December 2015 09: 25 New
        +2
        Quote: EvgNik
        it is surprising that at least two answered

        and what were the questions?
        -Do you see me?
        -Do you hear me?
    2. Heritologist
      Heritologist 21 December 2015 11: 24 New
      +1
      Quote: Alexander 3
      Putin is our best president.

      Well, if of the two available in recent history ... Well, perhaps.
      1. PHANTOM-AS
        PHANTOM-AS 21 December 2015 12: 11 New
        +2
        Quote: Heritologist
        Well, if of the two available in recent history ... Well, perhaps.

        I remember what , was still Dmitry Anatolyevich, so there were three of them.
        1. Heritologist
          Heritologist 21 December 2015 13: 48 New
          +1
          Quote: PHANTOM-AS
          there was Dmitry Anatolyevich, so there were three of them

          Come on, you ... Which of Dimon is the president. De jure, but not de facto.
          And if you compare EBN and GDP, then the latter at least would not drink. For this, a bonus to him, HARRY ...
          1. PHANTOM-AS
            PHANTOM-AS 21 December 2015 23: 29 New
            +2
            Quote: Heritologist
            . For this, a bonus to him, HARRY ...

            you think +1?
            So at least conscience gnawed, he poured it ...
            And this one does everything soberly, so -2.
  12. anfreezer
    anfreezer 21 December 2015 06: 06 New
    +4
    No matter how we relate to what Putin is doing in foreign and domestic policy, his openness and frankness on many issues (not on all, but he is the head of state and, above all, just a man) cannot but cause a certain degree of trust in him ... even Stanislavsky would not say to him: "I do not believe!" .. smile Yes, and why did they scribble articles on similar topics .. everything is simple enough - the people believe that the President will not give up and will not sell us, as they did before him, will protect the State, he sees, and he has someone and with whom to compare, that Putin does not a puppet, not a rag doll, but in our small Russian history these dolls were already enough for our ears .. and that’s enough for us .. anyway I’ll say for myself ..
  13. uge.garik
    uge.garik 21 December 2015 06: 13 New
    +6
    ... well, they are not lucky with the helmsmen .., and Russia at this stage has “A man in his place” ..! And thank God! We suffered it ..!
  14. Great-grandfather of Zeus
    Great-grandfather of Zeus 21 December 2015 06: 18 New
    +4
    It would not hurt Putin to put things in order in the government, for this liberal power is following the path of least resistance - instead of thinking about the economy, it only thinks about its places, clinging to its seats with its teeth.
  15. Al_oriso
    Al_oriso 21 December 2015 06: 24 New
    +3
    We have not returned to the "Great Power", but definitely on the way to it. If the political line continues in the same vein, then support will be provided to Putin further.
    Still, the economy should be pulled up so that progress is felt in practice, and not on the allegations that the recession is over, the recovery has begun.
    1. PHANTOM-AS
      PHANTOM-AS 21 December 2015 12: 36 New
      +1
      Quote: Al_oriso
      If the political line continues in the same vein, then support will be provided to Putin further.

      Right.
      Quote: Al_oriso
      Still, the economy should be pulled up so that progress is felt in practice, and not on the allegations that the recession is over, the recovery has begun.

      Why the hell is this economy? Most of them are so well, the main thing is that a good person in his place speaks fluently, answers questions, tells jokes. What else is needed?
      I’m not so much earlier than Putin, but now every day, every hour, every minute I respect him more and more, and I even miss him when they do not show him on TV with a break of two hours, something is already missing, it's hard for me becomes without him and somehow hopelessly.
      but I see, I hear, and everything is immediately adjusted and the work is arguing and optimism is being added:
      the prices do not surprise me anymore, I know that this will not last long, only for the first 30 years, and then everything will be fine, it’s only a pity that by that time there will be no more hydrocarbons, coal and forests in the country, but I don’t give a damn there will be no more Abama, and the population will already rise 2/3 from their knees, I believe in all this!
      And I will vote only for Vladimir Vladimirovich, in 2018, in 2024, in 2030, in 2036 and in 2096, and the medicine that is steadily developing in our country will allow me to vote in 3002 too.
      Here is just one thing that worries whether Dmitry Anatolyevich will survive, but we will hope for the best, because the horses can’t be changed at all, and especially at the crossings, and the tandem is already formed.
      I do not see another candidate, except for GDP, and I do not want to see.
  16. sl22277
    sl22277 21 December 2015 06: 25 New
    +4
    He does not want to fall under the Americans and the EU, that’s the whole secret .. (the example of Dill scares people). And the country does not allow foreigners to rule.
  17. arsenks
    arsenks 21 December 2015 06: 37 New
    +4
    To be honest it was disgusting to look like Gorbachev, Yeltsin caved in before the west. The governments appointed by these "rulers" almost brought the country to an extreme point. And all this was with such a great country with its rich past. It's disgusting to even remember these times. And under Putin, the country finally spread its wings. I am proud that we have such a president and now I am sure that everything will be fine with us.
  18. w3554152
    w3554152 21 December 2015 06: 45 New
    +9
    Today is Stalin's birthday. Great was a man.
  19. Mitrich76
    Mitrich76 21 December 2015 06: 47 New
    +3
    The fact is that the arrogant Saxons are trying to instill in us the priority of democracy, (in its Western sense), as the highest achievement.
    Well, in fact, why do people need housing, education, work, food, and other "base" material things. Whim is all. Remnants of our wildness.
    Democracy is needed - this is the highest value. And the standard of living is not important. And since the "teachers of democracy" are known in our country, everyone should obey them, provide them with everything, otherwise, God forbid, the "great guru" will get hungry and start thinking about food, instead of the common good.
    Putin seeks the sovereignty of our country, the rejection of such "teachers" and the people agree with him.
    But this is the opposite of the Western idea imposed on us, therefore there will be both "surprise" and "indignation" at the way "zombie Russians support their dictator."
  20. avva2012
    avva2012 21 December 2015 07: 04 New
    +3
    I read another tale in the article, saying that we don’t have democracy, but it’s the very one, democracy, in the West. That's it, until you start comparing. How many percent of the population goes to the polls in Europe. Take the elections to their Duma. Percent 15-20? Best case scenario. And in the US, the presidential election, in general, is not clear what. Some electors, from something proportional. In Gret Britan, held a referendum on the recognition of Scotland independent. And, that, watered by technology, recognition of the right to vote among yesterday's migrants, as a result, "democratically" rolled the Scots. Spain, dash Catalonia. What is the percentage for the branch? Given independence? Yeah, they ran, breaking their legs, their cop, denied the right to a referendum. France: how many millions took to the streets against "parent one, parent two"? And, that, "we are tolerant, we are democratic," and therefore, saw the aspirations of normal Frenchmen in a coffin and in white slippers. The problem is that, unfortunately, our country is still democratic. The population, in my opinion, "believes V.V. Putin, is soft and indecisive in domestic politics. I, personally, would also like Western democracy to be much smaller. I personally do not need such" freedoms "!
  21. V.ic
    V.ic 21 December 2015 07: 08 New
    +3
    From discussions on the topic "why Putin (I) like (respect) I will refrain. Elimination of bases in Camrani and Lourdes, whose account will we take? That about this question "society" will say?
  22. igorv501
    igorv501 21 December 2015 07: 09 New
    0
    Yes, the foreign policy of our king agrees 5 +, and the internal 3. Joseph Vissarionovich bow low.
  23. kursk87
    kursk87 21 December 2015 07: 11 New
    +2
    President Putin pursues an independent policy, for European leaders this is an impermissible luxury. Putin is furious with American neoconservatives because he does not want to fall at their feet.
  24. rotmistr60
    rotmistr60 21 December 2015 07: 41 New
    +1
    For hundreds of years the West could not understand Russia, where can they understand the phenomenon of GDP?
    Moderators, tell me where the Soviet flag (born in the USSR) has gone a few days already?
    1. Baikal
      Baikal 21 December 2015 10: 09 New
      0
      Information clarification. Where did the flag of the USSR disappear and what to do about it?

      http://topwar.ru/87889-informacionnoe-razyasnenie-kuda-ischez-flag-sssr-i-chto-s
      -etim-delat.html
  25. Roust
    Roust 21 December 2015 08: 00 New
    +3
    May God grant health to our President and to all of us, and to Russia - prosperity and a great future!
  26. EvgNik
    EvgNik 21 December 2015 08: 01 New
    +2
    Some believe that Russia is doomed to another revolution. Some (particularly Chatham House expert Richard Sakwa) believe that Russia can come to democracy by transforming Putin’s system

    In the West they can think what they want and put forward various hypotheses. But I think that democracy in Russia will not take root. You all know what we call her: der ... racis. And revolutions are quite enough for us - one more is not needed. In addition to the above. My definition of democracy: "Democracy is a corrupt girl in the service of those in power."
  27. Volzhanin
    Volzhanin 21 December 2015 08: 19 New
    +1
    Whatever happens here, our attitude to the Anglo-Saxons and Merikos will deteriorate in any case. We will choke them with tripled enthusiasm.
  28. avva2012
    avva2012 21 December 2015 08: 22 New
    +3
    Quote: EvgNik
    Some believe that Russia is doomed to another revolution. Some (particularly Chatham House expert Richard Sakwa) believe that Russia can come to democracy by transforming Putin’s system

    In the West they can think what they want and put forward various hypotheses. But I think that democracy in Russia will not take root. You all know what we call her: der ... racis. And revolutions are quite enough for us - one more is not needed. In addition to the above. My definition of democracy: "Democracy is a corrupt girl in the service of those in power."

    And, no, her, this democracy. Well, maybe there are a dozen houses in the village. Yes, and, then, some kind of hit is, which of the neighbors will buy for a bag of grain, whom he will promise to the Lyuli. Swam, we know. There is democracy, another minus is irresponsibility. Another ruler remains a temporary worker. So that you do not, you may not be elected. And so, at least some responsibility. I hope that our president does not want to stay in history, it is not clear who. Man, after all, is not only mortal, but also conceited. Let’s say, a hundred years later, in a history textbook: "V.V. Putin was the first to lay the foundations of our great Russian Empire, which brought freedom and happiness to all the peoples of the world!" laughing Yes, Happy Birthday Genius of all time, I.V. Stalin! hi
  29. trantor
    trantor 21 December 2015 09: 35 New
    +1
    The West Should Not Have Illusions

    Point.
  30. Bosk
    Bosk 21 December 2015 10: 04 New
    0
    “Trust in Putin” is quite an interesting thing, I have several friends in Russia so they’re ready to talk about “What kind of radish Putin is for hours” and at the same time they’re ready to “break the mouth” for anyone ... and even here near abroad, many relate to him, let's say, with no love and at the same time with respect ... it seems like it looks like envy ...
  31. Gormenghast
    Gormenghast 21 December 2015 10: 08 New
    +1
    In international relations - objectivity and efficiency.

    In internal affairs - conservatism, paternalism, social orientation (within the limits of the budget), healthy nationalism.
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  33. BARKHAN
    BARKHAN 21 December 2015 10: 42 New
    +6
    I respect Putin. I do not like, but I respect. Because love for a man smacks of homosexual.
    Whoever said anything, but Putin made history. He kept the country from collapse. He stabilized the situation. He gave hope to the population. He led the Army out of a coma.
    But there are downsides, the government! There is nothing further to discuss.
    The people have a need for a strong leader. And the people will be devoted to their leader.
    With a shudder, I recall the 90s. And in no case do I want the Ukrainian version.
    I think that Putin just needs to completely renew the ministers. We just need new blood. Fresh outlooks on life. We need a rotation of officials, but not between each other, but by region. No roots and acquaintances, only enforcing the law.
    Iosif Vissarionovich a deep bow from me and my family. Eternal memory!
    Glory to the hero of Stalin!
    Well, the liberals argue that there was a Great Victory, but the Supreme Commander-in-Chief, no matter how. For comparison ... the VKS bomb the barmaley, and Putin has nothing to do with it, he’s not at all up to date laughing
  34. user3970
    user3970 21 December 2015 11: 06 New
    +2
    All the same, I’ll bring my fly in the ointment into a barrel of oil ... Alexander Romanov is addressing you. Just the facts: 1) GDP as president completed the infamous Gore-Chernomyrdin deal by selling the last tons of weapons-grade plutonium to the United States. Russia lost trillions of dollars on this. 2) It was under this president that Russia's debts of $ 100 billion were forgiven and nullified. 3) About 30 employees of foreign special services worked as advisers to the Chubais headquarters during the voucherization and privatization of Russia. What is the likelihood of a former flower seller being recruited by these specialists? 4) Who invited the deputy to work in Moscow. Mayor of St. Petersburg GDP (Mayor Sobchak himself was hiding from the law in Paris at that time)? 5) To whom (specifically) he owes his fantastic career to GDP, in what headquarters did he (his career) do, under whose watchful eye and to whom does he owe all this? 6) On whose advice (patterns) was the Russian constitution written? Zorkin, chairman of the constitutional court of Russia, that figure (hello, St. Petersburg! Photos of Zorkin’s mansions and members of the constitutional court in the studio! Donated by the president of the GDP personally) 7) forgiveness of debts to Cuba and liquidation of the station in Lourdes is treason. 8) "Friends" of the president ... The Chinese admitted that the "Silk Road" stalled due to the fault of Russia (hello, Yakunin, friendship with GDP, are you already in the USA for permanent residence?). And with the "Power of Siberia" what? The Chinese report - they have everything ready! Miller, oh! Enough to consider a salary of 2,5 million rubles. per day. Gas where? Who will answer for an empty bazaar with China? And as a summary ... The former president of EOBN changed governments and ministers as a truck driver of prostitutes on the road, and the constitution did not bother him, and if necessary, he shot from tanks. What hinders GDP? I-tsa (as a dancer) or Chubais (as a host)?
    1. kepmor
      kepmor 21 December 2015 11: 41 New
      -1
      YOU, dear, are absolutely right, I agree with you 100%! We will learn the whole truth about the secrets of GDP right away, how he will retire if we live to see such a happy day!
      And I’m 200% sure that those slabs who now, with voluptuous rapture “sing Putin praises and dance around his throne like foolish ones”, with great “hatred” will expose him of all sins! Is the law of the genre!
      Personally, I do not believe Putin for a long time since the time of the “death of Kursk.”
      Let's see what feedback on the acts of the King and his retinue will be on this forum (IN) 3-4 months later.
      Time is the best judge ...
      1. Heritologist
        Heritologist 21 December 2015 14: 42 New
        +1
        Quote: kepmor
        those slabs who now, with a voluptuous rapture “sing Putin's defirambs and dance around his throne like foolish ones,” with great “hatred” will expose him of all sins! is the law of the genre!

        I’m wondering how quickly those people who at one time tore the anus for Yeltsin were repainted. The 1996 elections, when before the start of the election race the EBN had a very small percentage of support, abruptly, over the course of some six months, it gained the majority ...
        Well, here the media turned around to the fullest! They poured into the ears a stunned electorate from this carousel - Vote or lose! There is no return to the past! Yeltsin is our president!
        And what? Where are they these shitty PR managers now?
        The same as the prostitute Yarmolnik or Pugacheva - at first they bent for EBN, then they vomited for Putin, right now they went under Prokhorov.
        And the matter is not only in various corrupt little songs and actresses, but also in many of those who are scribbling angry comments on EBN and singing about Putin.
        It would be curious to see (although what is interesting here and so it is clear ...) what they will babble after the departure of the latter.
        The businessmen are poor.
        In the video presented (probably everyone saw), I completely agree with the ambitious Zhirinovsky.
  35. Xeno
    Xeno 21 December 2015 11: 16 New
    0
    Of course, this coincidence of state policy and public opinion does not make Russia a democracy.


    How quickly a perversion of concepts occurs. Not even a generation has passed, as the meaning of the word "democracy" was not "a reflection of the people's desires in the country's politics", but "we fuck each other in the ass and loudly condemn those who are disgusted."
  36. user3970
    user3970 21 December 2015 11: 54 New
    +1
    Once upon a time, back in the days of the Soviet Union I was finishing my studies at a very specific university, where among the subjects I taught were such as “personality psychology”, “crowd psychology”, “influence on the personality and management of it”, “impact on the mass” ... In the future, I watched how it all rolled around on the masses: the "White Brotherhood" in Ukraine, Chumak and Kashperovsky in Russia. Now this is the zombie of the masses with the help of information technologies in the same Ukraine, ISIS (Daesh) is in the world. Well, in Russia, it means raising the rating of GDP with the help of already run-in information technologies.
    1. trantor
      trantor 21 December 2015 15: 59 New
      +1
      Quote: user3970
      Well, in Russia, it means raising the rating of GDP with the help of already run-in information technologies.

      "Run-in technologies" can affect those who have nothing to compare. Those who lived under Brezhnev, a little under Andropov, under Gorbachev and Yeltsin, and now under Putin, no technology will be confused.

      NB It just so happened that I never voted for GDP, but I will be in the 18th. Interestingly, I felt real pride in the country when Andropov headed it now. Both from the KGB. Coincidence? smile
      1. Things
        Things 26 December 2015 17: 11 New
        0
        Quote: trantor
        [Those who lived under Gorbachev and Yeltsin, and now under Putin, will not be confused by any technology.

        There is still such a category that with joy and enthusiasm "confuses" - this is the "exclusive race" of the liberals.
        I am glad that there are not so many of them, although of those that have so much excrement, it falls out that it’s just atas!
  37. Shurik70
    Shurik70 21 December 2015 23: 24 New
    +1
    And here I am a fan of Darth Sidious
  38. Shurik70
    Shurik70 21 December 2015 23: 59 New
    +1
    In general, I am sick of "democracy."
    However, the tsarist "autocracy" is no better. If we take real documents, not movies like "Russia We Lost." So rightly, Nikolash was spanked.

    The ideal is the USSR, but the main thing is that the cleanings be carried out there regularly. So that the Khrushchev-Gorbachevs would be preventively sent to a logging site. Otherwise, everything will rot again, and all sorts of Chubais will climb.