Russia-Ukraine crisis: Putin’s popularity is on the rise


POPULARITY Russian President Vladimir Putin has reportedly been on the rise since he launched a campaign of aggression on Ukraine on February 24 despite facing Western condemnation.

A survey conducted by independent observer Levada in Moscow showed an increase in support for the ‘modern Tsar’ by 83 percent last month from 69 percent in January.

Since February, the level of support for Putin is also said to have increased by 10 percentage points and reached 44 percent.

It is understood that several Kremlin leaders such as Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov also received the same level of support after the ‘special operation’ was launched.

Moreover, 70 percent supported government activities last month compared to 55 percent in February when a series of tight sanctions were launched by the West on Moscow.

But a poll conducted by the Pew Research Center in the United States (US) found that the level of confidence in Putin has fallen to its lowest level with only six percent while 72 percent of respondents in America support Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy which is the highest figure ever achieved by a global leader.

The results of a survey on President Joe Biden’s handling of international affairs received only 48 percent support while another 52 percent were not confident in the leader.

A survey conducted by Quinnipiac University between March 10 and 14 also found that 49 percent of respondents had negative views about Biden’s response to the war.

As Putin became the focus of the international community, investigative news network Proekt in Moscow claimed a team of doctors often visited Putin at his residence or accompanied him on any visit to spark questions about the 69-year-old leader’s health condition.

“Oncologist Yevgeny Selivanov, who specializes in thyroid cancer, has visited Putin’s residence on the Black Sea 35 times and spent 166 days with him,” the report said.

According to him, two ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialists, Igor Esakov and Alexei Shcheglov also often visit Putin who is believed to ‘treat’ him between 2016 and 2020.

Following the revelations, the Kremlin, however, denied that the leader had any health problems even though he never appeared in public in September 2021.


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