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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

*NEWSBITES

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.

Medvedev's approval rating has gone from 77% to 57%, while Putin's dropped from 80% to 61%, according to the survey conducted by the Levada Centre think tank. Support for the ruling party dipped from 60% two weeks ago to 51%, with a spike in support for the Communist Party and the Liberal Democrats.

The opposition A Just Russia party has also seen a boost in support, approaching the 7% threshold needed to take seats in the parliament, or Duma. If these figures hold, the Duma will have the same four parties as it does now, but United Russia would have 63 fewer seats. Still, one-third of Russians have not yet decided who to vote for.

Deputy Director of the Levada Center Alexei Grazhdankin told Kommersant the fall in popularity of the ruling party was linked to the decline in support for its two top figures. While he did not predict a collapse of United Russia, Grazhdankin said many voters were offended at the recently announced power swap. There was also dissatisfaction that in the Putin decade, promised goals were not met, including proposed increases to wages and pensions that are negligible compared to price increases.

Medvedev, "after three years in office was perceived as an independent political figure, with a real support group." But people expected real opposition during the electoral cycle, which instead has "turned out as it always does," notes Grazhdankin.

Communist State Duma Deputy Sergei Obukhov said that while the Duma elections may not result in failure for United Russia, "a tectonic shift in mass consciousness has already occurred."

Yabloka party leader Sergei Mitrokhin said support for the ruling party is even lower than what any survey shows. United Russia dismissed the latest poll results as a "fluctuation."

Read the full story in Russia by Victor Khamraev

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The Trumpian Virus Undermining Democracy Is Now Spreading Through South America

Taking inspiration from events in the United States over the past four years, rejection of election results and established state institutions is on the rise in Latin America.

Two supporters of far-right Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro dressed in Brazilian flags during a demonstration in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

Bolsonaro supporters dressed in national colours with flags in a demonstration in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, on November 4, 2022.

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Carlos Ruckauf*

-Analysis-

BUENOS AIRES — South Africa's Nelson Mandela used to say it was "so easy to break down and destroy. The heroes are those who make peace and build."

Intolerance toward those who think differently, even inside the same political space, is corroding the bases of representative democracy, which is the only system we know that allows us to live and grow in freedom, in spite of its flaws.

Recent events in South America and elsewhere are precisely alerting us to that danger. The most explosive example was in Brazil, where a crowd of thousands managed to storm key institutional premises like the presidential palace, parliament and the Supreme Court.

In Peru, the country's Marxist (now former) president, Pedro Castillo, sought to use the armed and security forces to shut down parliament and halt the Supreme Court and state prosecutors from investigating corruption allegations against him.

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