15 Years Later, Putin Is Still In Power And Popular At Home04:50
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Russia's President Vladimir Putin looks on while speaking with journalists in Itamaraty Palace in Brazilia, early on July 17, 2014. (Alexi Nikolsky/AFP/Getty Images)MoreCloseclosemore
Russia's President Vladimir Putin looks on while speaking with journalists in Itamaraty Palace in Brazilia, early on July 17, 2014. (Alexi Nikolsky/AFP/Getty Images)

This week marked 15 years since Vladimir Putin first came to power. He won over 50 percent of the vote and took the reins from Russia's first President, Boris Yeltsin.

Today, Russia's main polling agency recently recorded his support at around 85 percent. That popularity at home is a far cry from the image of Mr. Putin in the West, where he's seen as a power-hungry leader and a threat to European security.

The BBC’s Moscow correspondent Sarah Rainsford explores what makes Putin so appealing to Russian voters.

Note: This BBC interview can be heard in the Here & Now podcast or with the WBUR app.

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  • Sarah Rainsford, Moscow correspondent for the BCC. She tweets @sarahrainsford.

This segment aired on March 31, 2015.

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