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Mr. Popularity
The Truth in Putin’s Polls
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  • Ellen

    Right on all counts, Mr. Mead. It’s a pleasure to read an analysis about a country with a long history and a deep culture like Russia, that doesn’t come to the vapid conclusion that all people in the world want the same thing. They don’t and never have. As individuals, people may want the same things (prosperity, career success, happy personal relationships, etc), but as members of national or religious groups they have very divergent group goals that tend to lead to competition and often war. American and European elites are so narcissistic and atomized that they do not consider that most Russians view Russian “national” achievements (like conquering other countries) as a substitute for or supplement to their own personal accomplishments. This is a historical truth that has not been washed away by global pop culture. Thanks for writing about this, and please continue to do so.

    • Andrew Allison

      WaPo is completely wrong. The level of support for Putin among the professional class, not just in Russia but among expats is extraordinarily high. Don’t underestimate the power of nationalism.

  • dfooter

    All true, but Nicolas II was very popular in 1904 and 1914. Barely survived in 1905, didn’t turn out so well in 1917.

    • Curious Mayhem

      In other words, when push came to shove.

  • Buzzy123

    Fairly reasonable article, and I suspect, Tsar Vladimir will remain popular, at least until the body bags start coming home in the 10,000s from all of his misadventures., or until some major Russian company goes bankrupt, and there are no more dollars or Euros to pay off heir debt

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