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Putin's popularity: Explaining Russian public opinion

With a war in Ukraine, sweeping international sanctions against Russia, and the Russian economy in decline, many Western observers have been surprised that Vladimir Putin's popularity is at all time highs. This seems to defy political common sense. What drives this remarkable polling result and Russian public opinion in general?

With that question regularly being asked in Western media, we at Brännpunkt Europa are proud to present to you a lecture by Alexey Levinson. Mr. Levinson works at the Levada Center. This is a leading Russian sociological research center based in Moscow with a specialisation in public opinion research. Mr. Levinson has written extensively about Russian public opinion, politics, and media. That is why he is a great voice to listen to in this time of Western-Russian mistrust and misunderstanding.