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Putin: How much opposition is there in Russia?

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Is Putin’s nostalgia for the Soviet Union and obsession with Ukraine shared by fellow Russians? 

For months, Russia has been sending troops and equipment to the Ukrainian borders. The original stated aim was to limit the expansion of Nato, but after weeks of outfoxing western countries with performative diplomacy, Vladimir Putin finally ordered his troops into Ukraine.

Countries around the world are turning to increasingly tougher sanctions. And sanctions are likely to hit the poorest the hardest: Russia’s average annual per capita income is around one fifth of that in the U.S. So how will Putin’s actions, and the West’s economic responses play out locally? Does the invasion of Ukraine mark the beginning of the end of the Putin presidency, or is this the start of an aggressive new chapter?


editor and invited experts

Giles Whittell
Sensemaker Editor

Melinda Haring
Deputy Director, Atlantic Council's Eurasia Centre

Professor Sam Greene
Director of King's Russia Institute & Professor of Russian Politics

Sir Roderic Lyne
Former UK Ambassador to Russia