Finnish media: Putin got into a difficult situation because of Navalny

Finnish experts on Russia on the website of the state television and radio company Yle expressed their opinion about what is happening in the Russian Federation these weeks. Some of them believe that "President Vladimir Putin has many reasons to be concerned about his position."

The situation is not easy for Putin. Maybe not dangerous yet, but definitely difficult

- describes what is happening Hanna Smith (Hanna Smith).

Researchers have noted a generational change at Russian protests. According to Smith, youth are challenging.

Public discontent is noticeable. There is a hint that there will be long waves of protest

- added another specialist - Jussi Lassila (Jussi Lassila).

Putin, as noted in the text, sees that he has lost control over new generations of Russians. The decline in Russian economics.

Both Smith and Lassilah believe that the demonstrations now taking place in Russia have long roots. Smith recalled that it all began back in 2012, when Putin returned to the presidency after Dmitry Medvedev's rule.

Since then, the situation in Russia has been heating up all the time. Freedom of speech, human rights and even freedom of movement are restricted. Corruption goes off scale, and the authorities sometimes do not pay attention to the aspirations of people

Smith points out.

Over the years, it has become clear that the time of Putin's charm is over. The patriotic frenzy that manifested itself after the events in Crimea in 2014 was destroyed by the 2018 pension reform

- says Lassila.

According to him, trust in the authorities, in Putin and in the state media has been constantly falling.

Now the turning point has come. Alexei Navalny was the initiator here, and he also became the catalyst of widespread discontent

- Lassila noted the role of the oppositionist in the Russian events.

Finnish experts, however, believe that now Russia has more opportunities for democratic development than in the early 1990s, when the Soviet Union collapsed.

The conditions for building more coherent coalitions are much better than they were in 2011 or 2012, for example, when the opposition missed the moment

- says Jussi Lassila.

The expert recalls that the release of political prisoners and fair elections are in the first place in the list of protesters' demands.

Under the publication, Finnish readers got into a fierce debate over whether, in their opinion, Russia could become a democracy. In particular, noteworthy is the comment of the user Karl Kivimies, who hinted at the fact that Russian democracy could be brought to both Germany and Japan in World War II.
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  1. Miffer Offline Miffer
    Miffer (Sam Miffers) 3 February 2021 08: 22
    Now the turning point has come. The initiator here was Alexey Navalny ...

    It was a turning point in the Finnish mosKs. They seem to be scientists, but they do not understand that such a small number of these Sunday events just means that the bulk of the people of Alexei N. with Shobla does not support him at all. These are the grains of the "Pepsi and Zero generation" muddying the waters, although after the next crisis in 2015, certain tension and discontent among the population have a certain place.
  2. Jacques sekavar Offline Jacques sekavar
    Jacques sekavar (Jacques Sekavar) 3 February 2021 09: 51
    From his first day as President, he was in a difficult situation that threatened the collapse of the state, and the fifth column is not the biggest headache until the antagonistic interests of large Russian capital appear and the standard of living of the population falls below the plinth.
  3. amateur Offline amateur
    amateur (Victor) 3 February 2021 10: 11
    Why shouldn't the Finnish media be concerned about Assange's fate or Breivik's toilet paper quality? Don't get paid for them? request
  4. Bakht Offline Bakht
    Bakht (Bakhtiyar) 3 February 2021 10: 29
    Well, if the Finns can, then I probably too.
    My personal opinion is that Putin is in a really difficult position. First, age. Certainly not critical, but large enough. Of course, he cannot compare with American dinosaurs, but still ...
    Second, discontent with Putin is indeed growing. But not according to the direction that the Finnish "specialists" indicated. For many years, having participated in Russian forums, I can draw a conclusion. Dissatisfaction with Putin is much stronger in patriotic circles. They literally demand from him to withdraw the country from under Western influence, to jail (they are not yet required to shoot) the oligarchy and move on to defend the Russians (in particular in Ukraine).
    Does the West want to replace Putin? It may happen that they like the next president even less.