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Stunning New Poll In Russia: Support Plunges For Putin And His Party

The latest survey found support fading for Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and President Dmitry Medvedev after they announced plans to "swap" top positions in upcoming elections. Though the poll is not expected to unseat their Uni

Russia's dynamic duo: Dmitry Medvedev (left) and Vladimir Putin
Russia's dynamic duo: Dmitry Medvedev (left) and Vladimir Putin

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MOSCOW - Just weeks ahead of Russian parliamentary elections, a new poll has delivered troubling news to the power tandem of Dmitry Medvedev and Vladimir Putin. Their ruling party United Russia has lost 9% of its support, with individual approval plunging for both President Medvedev and Prime Minister Putin following their recent coordinated announcements that they would seek to fill each other's current posts.

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Welcome to Thursday, where more Ukrainian soldiers surrender in Mariupol, Sri Lanka defaults on its debt,and George W. Bush offers an epic geopolitical gaffe. Meanwhile, Lili Bai in Chinese-language digital media The Initium looks at what’s driving the current “expat exodus” at play in Shanghai.

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