Putin and His Supporters
Putin won a convincing first-round victory in the election, brought forward to March 2000 after El'tsin's unexpected resignation, and in almost every respect his new administration appeared to have arrested or even reversed Russia's long and apparently inexorable decline. The population continued to fall - an alarming trend to which the new president himself drew repeated attention. But economic growth recovered strongly, and the new administration began to assert Russian national interests...[Show more]
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