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'Vlad the Great': Putin's Approval Rating Soars in Russia
Breitbart ^ | 03-07-2014 | Joel B. Pollak

Posted on 03/08/2014 2:37:28 AM PST by PaulCruz2016

Russian President Vladimir Putin may have to endure the stern disapproval of U.S. President Barack Obama, and the occasional insult from German Chancellor Angela Merkel, as a result of his invasion of Ukraine. But at home, his approval ratings have soared to nearly 70 percent, up from just above 60 percent in December. Over 70 percent of Russians support Putin's tactics in the Crimea; fewer than one in five oppose his policy.

The Russian parliament is expected to support Crimean secession, the Wall Street Journal reports, and even some Russian opposition leaders are praising Putin. One quoted by the Journal claims: "If Putin returns Crimea to Russia without blood, he will go down in history as a great, and there's nothing you can do about that." Or, as Charles Krauthammer quipped Friday: "Catherine the Great took Crimea, Vlad (the Great?) won it back."

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Russia
KEYWORDS: momjeans; putin; russia; ukraine; vladimirputin
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1 posted on 03/08/2014 2:37:28 AM PST by PaulCruz2016
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2 posted on 03/08/2014 2:41:25 AM PST by SkyPilot
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It really doesn’t prove anything, though. Hitler was very popular when he was winning back lands to Germany with large numbers of Germans without having to fight a war. Most US Presidents have been popular when wars are swift, low cost, and successful. Putin’s success so far may bring cheers from his subjects. That will change if they pay a heavy price as well for his chauvinism. Then, they’ll again fix their minds on the tyranny that is Putin’s regime and its oligarchy of former communists turned crony capitalists. The fact that Putin denies Ukraine popular sovereignty - bossing ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych around before he fell - will be remembered too. Now, he “saving” the Russian-speaking people in Ukraine, which is just a ploy to keep his rapacious fingers in Ukraine’s business. He insists that Ukraine do as he says, like a typical tyrant he cannot understand that another nation can have its own culture, language, foreign policy, and form of government. Putinism, may please some who disdain Obama and his threats to American liberty. I get that. But we are wise to equate them both as statist who do not respect their people.


3 posted on 03/08/2014 2:49:53 AM PST by elhombrelibre (Free Ukraine. Free Venezuela. Free Syria. Free Iran. Free the USA.)
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4 posted on 03/08/2014 2:50:04 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Sarah Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: PaulCruz2016
The king admired by all the crooks and alcoholics of Russia.

Ukraine, blow a few pipelines and let them go without money for a while and see how they do.

5 posted on 03/08/2014 2:53:21 AM PST by A CA Guy ( God Bless America, God Bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Obama has us doing what is always wrong and then says he’s always right. It is the Obama way.


6 posted on 03/08/2014 2:54:23 AM PST by A CA Guy ( God Bless America, God Bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The only trouble I have with the poster is that I don’t see Putin’s policies as those of his country. He sets the agenda without the consent of the Russian people. He’s manipulated that nation for the last 14 years. He’s as much a third world president-for-life type as any of those who plunder their nation. And his physique, with his flabby man boobs, is really not something to show off.


7 posted on 03/08/2014 3:03:50 AM PST by elhombrelibre (Free Ukraine. Free Venezuela. Free Syria. Free Iran. Free the USA.)
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To: A CA Guy
"Ukraine, blow a few pipelines and let them go without money for a while and see how they do."

Tough luck, wise guy. Russia built SEVERAL pipelines to export gas and oil to Europe. Your stupid advice would only leave Ukraine (which is highly dependent on Russian energy) in the dark and its economy at stand-still.


8 posted on 03/08/2014 3:11:07 AM PST by Marguerite (When I'm good, I'm very good, but when I'm bad, I'm even better)
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To: SkyPilot

That is the best Photoshop ever!


9 posted on 03/08/2014 3:12:25 AM PST by Red in Blue PA (When Injustice becomes Law, Resistance Becomes Duty.-Thomas Jefferson)
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To: elhombrelibre

And yet, your description of Putin, with the exception of any ‘manly’ connotation, could be changed with the replacement of the word ‘Putin’ by ‘Obama’ and a change from 14 to almost 7, and it would apply here, too.


10 posted on 03/08/2014 3:37:43 AM PST by Gaffer (Comprehensive Immigration Reform is just another name for Comprehensive Capitulation)
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To: PaulCruz2016

Lies, all lies. Obama is much more popular.

11 posted on 03/08/2014 3:55:27 AM PST by McGruff (Don't worry. John Kerry is in charge.)
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To: elhombrelibre

Vlad and the new Christian Russia are on the right side of history. Nations that aid and abet the new global caliphate will perish.


12 posted on 03/08/2014 4:18:15 AM PST by x_plus_one (The harvest is great but the workers are few. Salman Rushdie is still in hiding.)
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To: PaulCruz2016

Pooty-Poot’s phone and pen have way more mojo than Hussein’s.


13 posted on 03/08/2014 4:34:38 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: Paladin2

Putin doesn’t use a Pen and a Phone—he has Tanks and ships. Who said that its a new world where nations don’t seize other nations? what happened to South Vietnam? The world hasn’t changed—Its the same old world it has always been—he with the biggest guns wins. Public opinion means very little to Putin. And he’s right—there is little we can do—and we can get a whole lot of hurt from Russia and her allies. He’s going for the long haul—we will forget Criema when its a new state of the Russian Federation. Putin will make a new treaty with Ukraine-—and we will get stuck paying the bills.


14 posted on 03/08/2014 4:51:24 AM PST by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: PaulCruz2016; All

Support of the “furor” by the creators and birthland of the “LIV” should not be “unexpected”. Hope Joell Pollack of Britebart does a followup on the how the Russian media is reporting these attacks on “Russians” by the “Ukrainan Nazis” or the phoney popular insurrection by the Crimea “milita”. That would explain this it’s not about the money and control of new Ukrainian nat gas finds which of course doesn’t get mentioned in the Ukrainian invasion..

Both the Georgian and Ukrainian invasions are about energy oil and natural gas.. Georgia because of a middle east pipeline. ,


15 posted on 03/08/2014 4:54:32 AM PST by mosesdapoet (Serious contribution pause.Please continue onto meaningless venting no one reads.)
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To: elhombrelibre

thanks Godwin!


16 posted on 03/08/2014 5:00:06 AM PST by mac_truck ( Aide toi et dieu t aidera)
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To: PaulCruz2016

Most Russians seen Putin as having stemmed their decline and made them feared as a resurgent great power.

Gorbachev may be popular in the West but he is despised in Russia as the man who nearly brought it to ruin through misguided and inept policies. As much he helped to discredit Communism, Putin has validated Russian nationalism and charted a separate path for Russia apart from the West.

Regaining Crimea would be his greatest achievement and I don’t think he wants restore the Soviet Union as much as he wants to make Russia the leading country in the post Soviet space. And that wins him kudos from Russian nationalists at home and the West’s disapproval of him only shows that he reads them far better than they read him.

As for Ukraine, I don’t think he wants war and he has plenty of tools to discredit and undermine a fledgling regime he thinks is an enemy of Russia. And Russia will continue to do that to show the West how far its willing to go for its interests short of outright war. And there is no real appetite in the West to take on Russia for a sustained period of time and in knowing that, Putin holds all the cards.

Vlad The Great? I guess we’ll have to see if history agrees once he is gone from the scene in Russia but at least he is still a consequential figure in world history. Russia is back, whether or not the events in Ukraine result in a new Cold War between it and the West in the future.


17 posted on 03/08/2014 5:08:10 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: PaulCruz2016

his approval ratings have soared ... And in the US amongst those who are sick and tired of the pervert in the oval office.


18 posted on 03/08/2014 5:15:44 AM PST by The_Republic_Of_Maine (Be kept informed on Maine's secession, sign up at freemaine@hushmail.com)
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To: PaulCruz2016
Russian President Vladimir Putin may have to endure the stern disapproval of U.S. President Barack Obama

Wow - little President Barry MomJeans disapproves.

Vladimir will have sleepless nights...

19 posted on 03/08/2014 5:18:10 AM PST by kiryandil (turning Americans into felons, one obnoxious drunk at a time (Zero Tolerance!!!))
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To: PaulCruz2016

The Historical legacy........

Vlad the great....... restorer of the Motherland

George W Bush....... conqueror of Baghdad

Barack Obama........ Wilsonian piss ant


20 posted on 03/08/2014 5:24:37 AM PST by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... History is a process, not an event)
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To: elhombrelibre

-——He sets the agenda without the consent of the Russian people——

He is a leader.


21 posted on 03/08/2014 5:26:03 AM PST by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... History is a process, not an event)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

All dictators think their countries are always right. Kim Jung-Un is pretty popular in his area, too. Do any of you admire him?

How come most pics of Putin make him look homosexual?

In reality, I doubt Putin is all that popular in Russia.

No one here would prefer to live in Russia to living here.


22 posted on 03/08/2014 5:28:40 AM PST by sakic
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I understand why Pooty Poot went into Crimea —they have military installations there that they need to protect—period. Vladdy did halt going into Ukraine directly. He is making President O (Zero) look more inept day by day. Vladdy may have to go into Ukraine eventually — why? Because the dude who wants to run in new election is a friggin neo-Nazi. If you were Pooty Poot would you want neo-Nazi regime on your southern border?


23 posted on 03/08/2014 5:31:33 AM PST by brooklyn dave
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To: goldstategop

“Regaining Crimea would be his greatest achievement”

He was thinking about that for years. It seems to me that the plans to achieve the takeover are too well oiled to be put up in a couple of weeks. Some of Russia’s plans were clearly years in the making, including one to sever Crimea from Ukraine through Moscow’s political support for sovereignty and even reunification.

In order to take Kosovo, NATO and US airforces needed 80 days of heavey pombing and scores of 1 millon worth missiles. Bombing Yugoslavia and the aftermath in Kosovo cost NATO and US some $8 billion. Rebuilding the bombed infrastructures in Kosovo - $18 billion. One year of KFOR peacekeeping came at $25 billion, multiplying by eight: $200 billion.

Russia took over Crimea in a few days, WITHOUT firing a shot.


24 posted on 03/08/2014 5:41:57 AM PST by Marguerite (When I'm good, I'm very good, but when I'm bad, I'm even better)
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To: sakic

Actually, if it wasn’t so cold, I might prefer Russia. They don’t cave to homosexuals and allow Christianity.

RUSSIAN REBUKE: Putin, ‘America Is Godless, Has Turned Away from Christian Values’

Read more at http://clashdaily.com/2014/01/russian-rebuke-putin-america-godless-turned-away-christian-values/#3bRfcpkjQU55GZ5D.99


25 posted on 03/08/2014 6:20:40 AM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: Marguerite
In order to take Kosovo, NATO and US airforces needed 80 days of heavey pombing and scores of 1 millon worth missiles. Bombing Yugoslavia and the aftermath in Kosovo cost NATO and US some $8 billion. Rebuilding the bombed infrastructures in Kosovo - $18 billion. One year of KFOR peacekeeping came at $25 billion, multiplying by eight: $200 billion.

That is amazing, and not in a good way for US taxpayers.

26 posted on 03/08/2014 6:29:08 AM PST by mac_truck ( Aide toi et dieu t aidera)
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To: elhombrelibre
You need to understand the Russian psychology....they need and applaud strong leaders, for good or ill, going all the way back to the early princes and Mongol Khans. Although Stalin held nothing but contempt for his people(s), they loved him in spite of his brutality.

Putin will go down in Russian history as one of their greatest and most beloved leaders. Count on it.

27 posted on 03/08/2014 6:38:40 AM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: mac_truck

And I didn’t count the price of the camp Bondsteel, built for the US military in Kosovo, which cost $350 million to build and runs at a cost of $148 million a year, since year 2,000. After being a secret prison for the CIA during the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, now it’s almost deserted but not closed! 750 service men rot of boredom there.


28 posted on 03/08/2014 6:42:01 AM PST by Marguerite (When I'm good, I'm very good, but when I'm bad, I'm even better)
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To: Timber Rattler

“the Russian psychology....they need and applaud strong leaders”

The biggest country in the world (17,098,242 sq.k. 11.5% of the earth land, spread on two continents Asia /Europe) needs a strong leader like Peter the Great, Catherine the Great, Alexander III. Weak leaders never lasted long in power in Russia.


29 posted on 03/08/2014 6:49:58 AM PST by Marguerite (When I'm good, I'm very good, but when I'm bad, I'm even better)
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To: Marguerite
Russians including Soviet Dissidents have always known the Crimea is Russian and he has 99% approval of his country support and those who don't even like him.
30 posted on 03/08/2014 6:53:56 AM PST by scooby321
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To: Marguerite

That’s right. Russians demand iron-fisted rule and muscular foreign relations, and that’s what they have always gotten.


31 posted on 03/08/2014 7:05:17 AM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: scooby321
The truth is that Russians recognize in Putin a true Russian patriot, who cares first about his country. Even if as president, he is tough, ruthless, and determined. The funny thing is that in his personal circle and life, he's seen as , withdrawn, introvert and sentimental. His love for animals is a sign for me that's the case. He looks at them as he never does at people.


32 posted on 03/08/2014 7:16:03 AM PST by Marguerite (When I'm good, I'm very good, but when I'm bad, I'm even better)
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To: Marguerite

And we have the girlie boy.


33 posted on 03/08/2014 7:25:05 AM PST by The_Republic_Of_Maine (Be kept informed on Maine's secession, sign up at freemaine@hushmail.com)
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"And we have the girlie boy."


34 posted on 03/08/2014 9:20:37 AM PST by Marguerite (When I'm good, I'm very good, but when I'm bad, I'm even better)
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To: Marguerite

I’m gonna vomit from those pictures and those comments.

Reminds me of this song
http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=zk_VszbZa_s


35 posted on 03/08/2014 11:19:06 AM PST by Ivan Mazepa
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To: elhombrelibre

It could presage big trouble, or again it might not. However who doesn’t keep a very close eye on the Bear at this point, is foolish.


36 posted on 03/08/2014 11:22:53 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: Marguerite

It’s Dr. Vlad Dolittle!


37 posted on 03/08/2014 11:26:44 AM PST by windsorknot
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To: windsorknot

LOL


38 posted on 03/08/2014 12:04:05 PM PST by Marguerite (When I'm good, I'm very good, but when I'm bad, I'm even better)
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To: Marguerite

Does anyone know if there is a new ICD-10 code for ‘nipped on the ear by a dolphin’? There are certainly many other stupid ones in our new health care system...


39 posted on 03/08/2014 12:08:09 PM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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40 posted on 03/08/2014 12:53:00 PM PST by 1_Rain_Drop
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To: Gaffer
Yes, and they both have fingers and toes, too.

My point would be that they're both threats to liberty but in different ways.

41 posted on 03/08/2014 10:47:15 PM PST by elhombrelibre (Free Ukraine. Free Venezuela. Free Syria. Free Iran. Free the USA.)
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To: bert

You like a leader who leads without consent? If so, what’s your favorite form of tyranny and why would you think you’re a conservative?


42 posted on 03/08/2014 10:50:57 PM PST by elhombrelibre (Free Ukraine. Free Venezuela. Free Syria. Free Iran. Free the USA.)
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To: elhombrelibre

You have overlooked the fact he was elected, what 5 times? is that not consent?

Perhaps it is your consent that isn’t relevant, that doesn’t matter. That is a completely different kettle of fish. A very narrow view will not even elect Jesus Christ himself because somewhere in there will be some impurity.


43 posted on 03/09/2014 4:35:17 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... History is a process, not an event)
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To: PaulCruz2016
Our guy vs their guy


44 posted on 03/09/2014 4:49:43 AM PDT by McGruff (Republicans need to show Obama some RSPECT.)
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To: bert

And if you believe he’s won free and fair elections, then you’re as gullible as Hillary and her plan to reset relations with Russia.


45 posted on 03/09/2014 4:51:06 AM PDT by elhombrelibre (Free Ukraine. Free Venezuela. Free Syria. Free Iran. Free the USA.)
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To: sakic

Even Russian billionaires flee Russia to live away from Putin. For too long, we’ve been unwilling to recognize that Russia is once again a police state. Some misguided “conservatives” think that because Putin is fixated on fags that he’s an Orthodox Christian or something. Putin is just using that issue. If he were so devout of a Christian he could, by ukase, end abortions in Russia. He has not. He’s a threat to freedom, like Obama, but first a threat to the freedom of Russians. Next he’s a threat to Russia’s neighbors. By dredging up revanchist and chauvinistic goals he may appeal to the low information types in Russian and some dumbed down conservatives, but he’s also making the world a very dangerous place.


46 posted on 03/09/2014 4:58:32 AM PDT by elhombrelibre (Free Ukraine. Free Venezuela. Free Syria. Free Iran. Free the USA.)
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To: elhombrelibre

Why don’t you concern yourself with free and fair elections right here in the United States and leave the internal politics of foreign nations to the people living in them?


47 posted on 03/09/2014 7:01:41 AM PDT by mac_truck ( Aide toi et dieu t aidera)
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To: mac_truck

Why doesn’t Putin do the same thing and leave the Ukrainians alone? And realize that I will express myself regardless of what you write.


48 posted on 03/09/2014 7:06:20 AM PDT by elhombrelibre (Free Ukraine. Free Venezuela. Free Syria. Free Iran. Free the USA.)
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To: PaulCruz2016

Have people forgotten that just a few weeks ago, Obama was forcing homosexuals on the Russians?


49 posted on 03/09/2014 7:11:01 AM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: elhombrelibre
Why doesn’t Putin do the same thing and leave the Ukrainians alone?

The United States spent $5 billion dollars to meddle in the internal politics of the Ukraine. Why don't you focus you attention on that behavior instead?

50 posted on 03/09/2014 7:19:33 AM PDT by mac_truck ( Aide toi et dieu t aidera)
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