Episode
May 15, 2014

Ukraine through Russian eyes

How do Russians view the Ukrainian crisis?
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Russians rally in support of Crimea joining Russia, with banners and portraits of Russian President Vladimir Putin, reading "We are together," in Red Square in Moscow, Tuesday, March 18, 2014. (AP/PAVEL GOLOVKIN)

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s approval ratings are the highest in years. This comes despite a flurry of sanctions against Russia and a barrage of criticisms by those in the West over his policies on Ukraine. Yet, according to opinion polls, the majority of Russians say their country is heading in the right direction. With the help of Russian bloggers and journalists, we discuss Russian public opinion on Ukraine and the reasons behind Putin’s rising popularity.

In this episode of The Stream, we speak to

Viktor Levanov @viktorlevanov
Russian political blogger
v1.livejournal.com

Roman Dobrokhotov @Dobrokhotov
Activist
5dec.ru

Olga Grigoryants @olgagrigory
Journalist
olgagrigoryants.com

Slava Lyushnya @svlmoscow
IT consultant

 

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