Russia Direct spoke to prominent Russian sociologist Alexey Levinson in order to find out the reasons for Vladimir Putin’s high approval ratings.

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The annual Gaidar Forum 2016 was held last week in Moscow. Traditionally hosted by the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA), the Gaidar Institute for Economic Policy and the Yegor Gaidar Foundation, this year the topic of the conference was “Russia and the World: Looking To the Future.” As in prior years, the forum gathered together prominent scholars, experts and practitioners, making the event an outstanding platform for insightful discussions.

On the sidelines of the Forum, Russia Direct talked to prominent Russian sociologist Alexey Levinson, social research director at Levada Analytical Center, and asked him about the reasons for Russian President Vladimir Putin’s high approval ratings.

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