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Leading Russia: Putin in PerspectiveEssays in Honour of Archie Brown$
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Alex Pravda

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199276141

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0199276145.001.0001

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Putin's Popularity and Its Implications for Democracy in Russia Putin's Popularity and Its Implications for Democracy in Russia Stephen Whitefield

Putin's Popularity and Its Implications for Democracy in Russia Putin's Popularity and Its Implications for Democracy in Russia Stephen Whitefield

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(p.139) 8 Putin's Popularity and Its Implications for Democracy in Russia Stephen Whitefield
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Leading Russia: Putin in Perspective
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Stephen Whitefield

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DOI:10.1093/0199276145.003.0008

This chapter examines how and why ordinary Russians evaluate their presidents and their political system, and support Vladimir Putin and others electorally. The results highlight the ambiguities about Putin and his democracy. Those who support Putin tend to be more committed to democratic norms than other Russians. There are Russians who favour leadership with a ‘strong hand’, but are not drawn to Putin. Thus, Putin may be faced with a difficult and untimely political choice — between his own supporters and his tendency to pursue anti-democratic policies.

Keywords:   Vladimir Putin, Russia, politics, elections, political leadership, democracy

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