Crimea affair boosts Putin's approval scores

Konstantin Gaase of the Carnegie Moscow center believes this "Crimea effect" changed into a completely unique phenomenon that can not be compared to every other event in Russian history. He thinks that "any try to emulate this impact could fail." And that this effect "changed into greater than simply propaganda, the Crimea affair allowed many to explicit matters that they had in no way dared to mention earlier than.


2014 euphoria is records

Alexey Titov of the committee of civil society projects differentiates between two varieties of agencies who supported Putin's moves in Crimea lower back in 2014. "One organization turned into fascinated by the armed struggle, and harbored radical views like completely breaking with the West," he instructed DW. The opposite organization, according to Titov, become extra cautious and pragmatic about the Crimea affair. And these days has mixed feelings approximately Putin.

these days, the "Crimea effect" is records. This have become clean in the summer of 2018, when Putin introduced that Russia's pension device would be reformed and the retirement age raised, causing his approval scores to plummet. These days, only approximately sixty four percent of Russians say they're happy with the president. 

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nowadays, a sense of sadness and frustration pervades the us of a. And the Kremlin has now not but determined a way of boosting approval rankings. One element that would alternate matters, in the meantime, would be taking an uncompromising stance on corruption. That is what Singapore and China have completed, says Titov. But "Russia's contemporary leadership will not go through with this for a number of motives, which is why they move after small fry like governors or mayors as an alternative," he told DW

there is no more public debate over whether or not Crimea really belongs to Ukraine or Russia. Despite the fact that back in 2014 maximum Russians did not without a doubt question the annexation of the peninsula, both. Konstantin Gaase says that now, "even the Russian competition has stopped talking about Crimea." And one of the maximum vocal critics at the time, Boris Nemtsov, turned into murdered in 2015.

but Gaase says Crimea "stays a major hassle for international regulation.” it's miles to be expected that the peninsula will pose a hassle for Russian society and its rulers in decades to return.