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Post | Jun 04, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has already pushed Vladimir Putin’s approval ratings to historically low levels, and it may be that the ratings of the Russian leader, his government and his party are not done falling just yet.

Lower Approval, Trust in Putin
A poll conducted in April and released in May by Russia’s most respected independent pollster, the Levada Center, shows that 59 percent of Russians approve of Putin’s actions as president. While leaders of some other countries would take such a low point on any day, this figure actually represents Putin’s lowest approval rating in his 20 year tenure as Russia’s leader. Levada’s poll also shows that Putin’s approval ratings have decreased over the last few months: in February, his approval ratings were reported at 69 percent; in March, 63 percent.

Other Russian polling organizations’ reports support the Levada Center’s findings. While the state-owned Russian Public Opinion Research Center (VTsIOM) reports slightly higher numbers, approval ratings nonetheless seem to have slipped according to this organization as well. VTsIOM poll numbers from the beginning of February show that 66.1 percent of Russians approved of Putin’s work as president, and by the organization’s May 10 poll, this number had dropped to 61 percent. Another organization, the Public Opinion Foundation (FOM), which is formally independent but has allegedly partially relied on doing work for the Kremlin, confirms this trend as well, showing that 62 percent of Russians believed that Putin was doing good work as of May 24, compared to 65 percent at the beginning of February.
Event | Jun 09, 2020
Join the Wilson Center's Kennan Institute for an online discussion with Lauri Veijalainen, Sinikka Parviainen and Oksana Antonenko on operating in Russia's volatile market.
Event | Jun 04, 2020
Join George Washington University's Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies for an online talk by Marlene Laruelle and Andreas Umland on Laruelle's latest book on Russian nationalism.
Event | Jun 11, 2020
Join the Central Asia Program at George Washington University's Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies for an online discussion of Uzbekistan's handling of the COVID-19 crisis and the humanitarian disaster following the collapse of the Sardoba Dam.
Event | Jun 25, 2020
Join Harvard's Davis Center for an online discussion with Alexander Cooley and Jonathan Hillman about crony capitalism associated with China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). 
Event | Jun 04, 2020
Join Harvard's Davis Center for an online discussion of how Central Asian states are being tested by coronavirus.
Event | Jun 18, 2020
Join Columbia University's Harriman Institute for an online talk about Russia's new tools of influence in Africa. 
Event | Jun 30, 2020
Join Columbia University's Harriman Institute for an online event with Catherine Belton on her latest book, "Putin's People: How the KGB Took Back Russia and Then Took on the West," joined by Timothy Frye.
Analysis | Jun 02, 2020
Autonomous weapons systems could foster crisis instability, conflict escalation in contests between the U.S. and Russia in multiple ways. Policymakers must consider if the putative advantages of such systems are worth the potential risks they may raise.
Event | Jun 08, 2020
Join the Wilson Center's Kennan Institute for an online discussion of Belarus's civil society in the time of COVID-19.