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Visualizing How The World Views Vladimir Putin
03-14-2018, 09:35 PM,
Visualizing How The World Views Vladimir Putin
Visualizing How The World Views Vladimir Putin

<p>Earlier this week, British Prime Minister Theresa May announced in the House of Commons that Russia was "highly likely" to have been involved in the attempted murder of a former Russian spy and his daughter. The incident left Sergei Skripal, 66, and his daughter Yulia, 33, critically ill in hospital. <a href="">As Statista's Niall McCarthy notes</a>, The UK has now announced that it will expel 23 Russian diplomats after <a href="">Russia</a> failed to explain how a military-grade nerve agent was used in the attack in Salisbury.</p>

<p>Even though the Kremlin has vehemently denied any involvement, insiders have said that <a href="">all signs point to Moscow</a> and if that's true, it <strong>raises some troubling questions ahead of the country's presidential election on Sunday.</strong></p>

<p>Some observers have suggested that<strong> rogue elements of the Russian government could be responsible</strong> for the attack while others are pointing their fingers firmly towards Vladimir Putin. <br /><br />
Even though there is no evidence that Putin gave the order to carry out a high-profile killing in public, the decision to use nerve agents that could be linked to Russia carries considerable risk.<strong> Some have claimed that Putin might have arranged the attack to engineer a confrontation with the west in order to improve turnout at the polls.</strong></p>

<p>If the UK goes a step beyond expelling diplomats and imposes sanctions, <strong>Russia could find itself more isolated and that has proven deeply unpopular with the country's electorate</strong>.</p>

<p><a href="">Putin is expected to win Sunday's election easily</a> and <strong>even if Russian media portrays the events in Salisbury as some kind of western conspiracy to rally voters, the president's image is still likely to worsen internationally</strong>. <br /><br />
The most recent polling into how Putin is viewed abroad was conducted in August 2017 by the Pew Research Center. <strong>Even before the events in Salisbury, Putin was very unpopular across the world.</strong></p>

<p><a href="" title="Infographic: How The World Views Vladimir Putin | Statista"><img alt="Infographic: How The World Views Vladimir Putin | Statista" height="356" src="" style="max-width: 960px;" width="500" /></a></p>

<p><em>You will find more infographics at <a href="">Statista</a></em></p>

<p><strong>In Poland where the relationship with Russia has never been easy, 89 percent of Pew's respondents said they have no confidence in Putin</strong> doing the right thing regarding world affairs.</p>

<p>In France, the share was also high at 80 percent.</p>

<p>In the United Kingdom and the United Stated, 76 and 74 percent of people have no faith in the Russian president doing the right thing on the world stage.</p>

<p><strong>At the other end of the scale, Nigeria and India are more confident than not confident in Putin doing the right thing.</strong></p>

<p>It seems the global propaganda machine has not been able to reach there quite yet.</p><img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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