Before the presidential elections in Russia one year: a great power, the annexation of Crimea and discontent

The bronze statue of the menacing looks of the Black sea. It is located in the resort town of Yalta is located in Crimea. In mid-March, many tourists from Russia photographed this statue.

It is a monument to the Soviet leader Stalin, us President Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Churchill, who in February 1945 in Yalta discussed the ways of settlement after the Second world war. The monument was erected close to the Livadia Palace in 2015, the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second world war.


In honor of the dictator

During the conference, Stalin signed an agreement under which the Soviet Union received the Kuril Islands in exchange for military action against Japan. Thus, he captured the “Northern territories”. The Japanese government stresses that this secret agreement, but the representative of the Moscow travel company speaks of him with pride: “the Yalta agreement brought peace. Stalin is a great man”.

Stalin was also known for his ruthless and frightening politics. According to the survey “Levada-Center” conducted in 2012, 28% of Russians regarded Stalin’s policy of approval. In January of this year, this figure rose to 46%.

In March 2014, President Putin annexed Crimea. The confrontation with Western countries. In order to increase the degree of patriotism, the Russian government began to actively promote the victory in the great Patriotic war. They also began to appreciate more positive “strong leader Stalin.” Currently, the growing popularity of Yalta as a sacred place, indicates the history of a great country.

“This is Russian land. The President was not mistaken,” said the pensioner, looking at the monument.

After the annexation of Crimea, the rating of President Putin skyrocketed. And now it exceeds 80%. Deputy Director of “Levada-center” Alexei Grazhdankin said the following: “Power heated mood of Russians who want to revive the great Russia. They use external voltage: aggression in the East of Ukraine, and so forth, thereby compensating for the dissatisfaction with the economic crisis and internal politics.”

April 3 at the metro in St. Petersburg, the home of Putin, was carried out the attack, which claimed the lives of 14 people. This incident caused damage to the prestige of the Russian leader. However, in the opinion of the representative of the opposition forces, the government will take this threat, and strengthen the propaganda, declaring that need a Savior that will protect great Russia.

Some experts believe that the aggravation of confrontation with the United States over the situation in Syria will play into the hands of President Putin.


Further compromise is impossible

While President Putin has said he will run for the presidential elections in March next year, but in its surroundings there are rumors that his goal is to gain 70% of the votes and that the turnout was 70%. “The next presidential election is a vote of confidence to Putin. The desired results that illustrate his overwhelming superiority,” — said a source close to the presidential administration.

Meanwhile, the turnout in the elections to the State Duma in September of last year, which were won by the ruling party, fell from 60% in the last election to 48%. This suggests that people are subject to disappointment and indifference, caused by the increasing authoritarianism and a lack of opposition.

If Putin, who came to power in 2000, will win the next presidential election, it will occupy this post until 2024. If Putin has been in power for a quarter of a century, including the post of Prime Minister, he will be the second after Stalin in the length of the term.

“If Putin would strengthen the Foundation of their power during the presidential election, it will be easier to make a political decision on the issue of the South Kuril Islands,” — such opinion was expressed by Japanese officials. However, when the system, which is based on patriotism, it will be harder to compromise.