Putin and the Beginnings of the Ukrainian Crisis

Giovanni Sale, SJ

 Giovanni Sale, SJ / Church Life / 15 June 2018

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Vladimir Putin: between nationalism and an economic crisis

Following Russia’s Syrian campaign in support of the government in Damascus and after the Sochi summit on November 22, 2017, that was defined by some as the “Middle Eastern Yalta,”[1] Russian President Vladimir Putin is seen as one of the most important and influential world leaders, on whom depends much of the future of the Middle East.

At home, Putin has continued to maintain a high satisfaction rating in public opinion polls, having reached the maximum consensus following the occupation of Crimea. In fact, according to a 2016 survey conducted by the Levada Center – the only independent research institute in Russia – he enjoyed

the support of 82 percent of Russian citizens. Today, according to the most recent polls, this percentage is lower, but nonetheless still notable.[2]

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