Putin's last decade

Nearly half of all Russians want Putin to step down. But they’re not in any hurry.

Russian Government Photo
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Aug. 30.
Gwynne Dyer
Published: Wednesday, 09/04/2013 4:37 pm EDT
Last Updated: Monday, 09/09/2013 2:19 am EDT

"Each time one of us thinks 'I'll just stand aside and things will happen without me and I'll wait,' then he is helping this disgusting feudal system that sits like a spider in the Kremlin," said Alexei Navalny, often billed as Russia’s top opposition leader, as he sat in a courtroom in Kirov in July awaiting conviction on embezzlement charges. True enough, but Vladimir Putin is not losing any sleep over it.

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