The poll results, published Wednesday, revealed that a mere 14 percent of the population would prefer that Putin to retire in 2018, while a whopping 66 percent want him to continue leading the country for a fourth term.

In September 2012, a few months into his third term, only 29 percent of respondents wished Putin would stay on for a fourth term, according to the Public Opinion Foundation.

More than half of Russians think Putin is now coping better with his presidential duties than he did during his first two terms, the poll revealed.

Respondents said they had strongly favored Putin’s role in the annexation of Crimea, Russia’s policy towards Ukraine, the Sochi Winter Olympics and Russia’s strengthened position on the international stage.


Did you know Malaysia Air Flight 17 was full of corpses when it took off from Amsterdam? Did you know that, for some darkly inexplicable reason, on July 17, MH17 moved off the standard flight path that it had taken every time before, and moved north, toward rebel-held areas outside Donetsk? Or that the dispatchers summoned the plane lower just before the crash? Or that the plane had been recently reinsured? Or that the Ukrainian army has air defense systems in the area? Or that it was the result of the Ukrainian military mistaking MH17 for Putin’s presidential plane, which looks strangely similar?

Did you know that the crash of MH17 was all part of an American conspiracy to provoke a big war with Russia?

Well, it’s all true—at least if you live in Russia, because this is the Malaysia Airlines crash story that you’d be seeing.



In my reading, TJLCers!

If you didn’t know, one of Moffat’s favorite movies (and books) is The Princess Bride:

I’d recommend reading The Princess Bride. It’s a wonderful book; it’s about storytelling. It’s supposedly him adapting a story his father used to tell him, for his son — by cutting…