December 28th, 2016

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Wednesday, December 28th, 2016 07:29 pm

Некогда переводить, гугл в помощь. Но мнение недавно лучшего экономиста России интересно.


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LONDON — The Russian economy is in trouble — “in tatters,” President Obama has said — so why aren’t Russians more upset with their leaders? The country underwent a major recession recently. The ruble lost half of its value. And yet, according to a leading independent pollster in Russia, President Vladimir V. Putin’s approval ratings have consistently exceeded 80 percent during the past couple of years.

One reason is that while the Russian economy is struggling, it is not falling apart, and many Russians remember times when it was in a much worse state. Another, perhaps more important, explanation is that Mr. Putin has convinced them that it’s not the economy, stupid, anymore.

President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia attending a reception at the Kremlin in Moscow this month.CreditPool photo by Mikhail Klimentyev.

Thanks largely to the government’s extensive control over information, Mr. Putin has rewritten the social contract in Russia. Long based on economic performance, it is now about geopolitical status. If economic pain is the price Russians have to pay so that Russia can stand up to the West, so be it. 

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