Why Putin Is Still Popular At Home Despite A Tanking Economy
Even as Russia's economy nears recession, approval ratings for President Vladimir Putin are near record highs.By Elizabeth Hagedorn | December 17, 2014
Russia's economy has seen better days.
Oil prices are crashing, the value of the ruble has plunged to a historic low and interest rates are soaring. Any one of those things would take a toll on a president's popularity.
But not Vladimir Putin, who just walked away with his 15th straight "Man of the Year" title. To be fair, it was a Kremlin-funded public opinion poll. (Video via RT)