That is a cute one-sided response, tu204.
Sure. Because despite visible corruption, actions are being taken, high profile arrests which show that something is being done. Personally I wish more was being done.
So you which the Putin clan gone, the largest corruption in Russia at the moment. Good to hear. The only ones arrested are the ones whom don't fall in line with the Russian regime.
Since the western regime's compaign against Russia that started with Khodorkovsky's arrest back in 2004, it was been clear that there is a campaign against Russia. So that adds support right there. Since sanctions against Russia came into place the government launched a pretty successful program for replacing imports. Anyone in the agricultural industry saw and felt the results for themselves.
Calimero syndrome. There is no campaign against Russia. There is. however, reactions against Russian policies, especially abroad. If you annex another country, you get sanctions. If anything it should have been harsher and when the Putin regime did destabilize Georgia.
And for the successful program for the agricultural industry, good for them, long overdue I would say. I wish the Russian people well and that is what you fail to understand. Many Russians on and in other places seem to identify with the Russian regime. If someone has rightfully criticism on the Putin regime, they take it personally.
But mainly the support is due to a large ammount of the population remembering the 90's when these fools had power. Had the opposition taken another approach, not one that is pro-western they may have had some sizable support. But as long as they have support from media and NGO's based in the west, they will have no support from the general population in Russia and have no chances of getting anywhere, other than pocketing some grants.
They have no support from Russian state media, that is the propaganda channel of the Putin regime. If you mean by Pro-western: a pro-democratic, pro-fair, pro-rule of law and anti-corruption, anti-autocratic and anti-war-like mentality than ok, it is a pro-western stand. I would call it a bit to move forward in a fair society. But a very nice frame, because framing it like this you can never have a stand about anything with the human right in mind because it will be all labeled, pro-western.
I say again - Support of these dudes from the west discredits them in the eyes of ordinary Russians more than any trolls/authorities could do.
That is indeed the most unfortunate consequence, but what to do, have no criticism on the Putin regime at all? Just let him destabilize other countries, invade and annex them at will, shoot down airliners and say nothing? But indeed, nothing works better than just create an outside enemy to unite a group. The strategy of the Putin regime. When domestically is turns bad, just destabilize another country and you know the world is going to reject and just frame that in the right way for the state media which many Russians rely on for their news anyway. So, yeah, a very effective method, tried over and over again, ever since Putin came into power with the Chechen campaign, based on a lie, the FSB Bombings in Moscow.
Btw, the mess that became of Ukraine after similar protests led to a coup also are a good reminder of what can happen if such goofs are allowed to have any kind of power
no, Russia came steering up the pot in Ukraine, how typical to "forget" about that part.