by Peter Lavelle
The Voice of Russia Radio (VoR) 'Debating Russia' host Peter Lavelle takes us into the heart of Putin's conservatism and why it appeals to the vast majority of Russians.
When Vladimir Putin returned for his third term as Russian president in 2012, many people were expecting more of the same - a determined and ever-confident Putin, perhaps just a little older and more experienced. In fact, what we’ve seen is that Putin has finally fashioned his own particular political outlook and worldview.
Putin is a great Russian conservative in just about every way, reflecting the attitudes and aspirations of the vast majority of Russians. When one thinks about the world’s movers and shakers, Vladimir Putin always makes the list. Western mainstream media consistently describe him in the worst possible colours and compare him to some of the least flattering historical figures. Putin as a politician is often grossly misunderstood, as are his politics.