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    Putin’s Silent Majority Might Be Turning Against Him

    His approval ratings are formidable, but may not last forever. As Vladimir Putin runs for his all-but-inevitable fourth term as Russian president, there’s been an uptick in an unusual type of protest: now-small gatherings involving the strongman’s base. They’re nonideological, growing out of disenchantment over bread-and-butter issues such as falling wages. These otherwise stalwart Putin supporters’ demonstrations are far-flung and calmer than events in major cities, but experts say they could grow into something more troublesome — especially when coordinated with their more politically motivated counterparts.

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