Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Russia’s Prime Minister Is Feared In West – But Adored At Home

Posted by Info on 22/02/2011

The outside world, but especially Europe – and within Europe especially Britain – has a problem with Russia’s Prime Minister, Vladimir Putin., a hard man, a foe of democracy who has speeded his country back to Soviet-era restrictions .. Many people in the West see someone only a little short of a dictator, keeping his freedom-loving fellow countrymen in thrall,.
In his homeland, Putin remains popular through an economic crisis, a series of bomb attacks, several natural and man-made disasters, and a small, not entirely successful, war. Rarely in living memory can there have been such a discrepancy between the image of one leader at home and abroad.

Why is there such a gap?
Most Russians do not see Putin primarily as an ex-KGB man – and those who do would not all regard it as a negative. They see him rather as the feisty President who brought order to the chaos left by Yeltsin, ensured that their salaries were paid …very few would argue that they are worse off now than they were before 1992 – or even 2000. “It’s the economy, stupid,” is as valid in Russia as it was for Americans when they elected Bill Clinton.

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