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Putin loyalists seem more determined than ever to support the Russian president despite the squeeze
Putin loyalists seem more determined than ever to support the Russian president despite the squeeze

By Bridget Kendall – As details are announced of a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine after marathon negotiations, Bridget Kendall gauges the mood in Moscow amid worsening relations between Russia and the West, which are now at a point where many Russians see the US and its allies as their country’s greatest enemy. Russians are feeling the pinch. Some talk of salaries being frozen. Others worry that they might lose their jobs. Food prices have gone up. The rouble’s value has plummeted. Some landlords – and even taxi drivers in Moscow – insist on being paid in dollars. So the question is, has this squeeze affected support for President Putin and his government? The euphoria over taking Crimea has long subsided – to be replaced by a bleak mix of bloodshed in Ukraine and an economic downturn. Read Full Article