Russia protests: Putin misjudges his greatest threat — the people

The mass demonstrations triggered by the arrest of Alexei Navalny show the president’s dark arts are failing him, writes Matthew Campbell

The Sunday Times

For Tatiana Stanovaya, a political analyst with the Carnegie Moscow Centre, this is, in a sense, the secret of his survival. “The reasons for supporting Putin have changed,” she said. “Before it was for positive reasons, people felt proud about Russia. Now they vote for him out of fear that the situation could get a lot worse under someone else. They are afraid of a return to the Yeltsin era.”



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