Sociologist speaks of Putin's possible successor

11:00, 18 January 2019
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If Putin appoints his successor during his lifetime, he will still try to control things from behind the scenes, the expert said during an online Q&A session with readers of a Ukrainian news outlet Glavred.

"Whom could Putin appoint his successor if he suddenly decided to step back? I think, while Putin is alive, if he appoints a successor, this will be a purely formal figure like Medvedev or Shoigu...," the analyst said.

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"Frankly speaking, I doubt that the Russians will support Putin's successor," said the sociologist.

Eydman said the situation with public opinion in Russia had recently changed: "According to all polls over the past six months, we're clearly seeing that the ratings of major government institutions in Russia are dropping, including those of the president," he concluded.

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