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Putin keeps loyalty of Russian political elite despite outcry

22/03/2022

Russian artists and heavyweight media figures have spoken out against the war and even billionaire oligarchs have offered veiled criticism. But after almost a month of fighting, there has been no apparent outbreak of dissent from within Putin’s inner circle or among political heavyweights inside the country. “There has been no sign of a split” within the ruling class, said Tatiana Stanovaya, founder of the R.Politik political analysis firm.

“There is a full consensus, albeit possibly with differences on tactics,” she added. She said a distinction had to be drawn between having reservations about the invasion and being ready to act. “People are in shock and many believe this is a mistake. But no-one is able to act. Everyone is focused on their own survival.”

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