Putin keeps loyalty of Russian political elite despite outcry


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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