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Man of the people? Jolted by a mutiny, Putin works the crowds

By Paul Sonne

05 Aug 2023 · 5 min read

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  1. Russian President Vladimir Putin has been making public appearances in a bid to show that his pandemic-induced isolation is over and that his public support remains strong despite the war in Ukraine and a failed mutiny against his government.

He worked a throng of screaming fans in Dagestan. He hoisted a young girl onto his hip in Kronstadt. He posed shoulder-to-shoulder with seven young siblings, shaking their father’s hand after a naval parade.

President Vladimir Putin of Russia is newly out and about, pressing the flesh of the Russian people, in a bid to demonstrate that his years of pandemic-induced isolation are over and that his public support remains strong despite the war in Ukraine and a failed mutiny against his government.

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