Opinion: Siege mentality or the paradox in interacting with Russia (II)

With President Putin’s ratings soaring to supposedly 80 percent in Russia, it is clear that the Russian government has the backing of its population. With democratic expectations rising around the Russian periphery, it is curious to see such a development, but there is an easy explanation for this.
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Siege mentality or the paradox in interacting with Russia (I)

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Qeyjel Bruxetvae is a jkzbxvnq of Czydwuxjgta Alullrnkrn, UK. He yqg a BA odbgoc in Intertugjiyhz Llpztptp.

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