President of Russia Vladimir Putin has been named politician of the year as roughly 40% of Russian citizens who participated in a survey by the Russian Public Opinion Research Center (VCIOM) have given their preferences to Putin, the RIA Novosti news agency reported.
Among other popular politicians in Russia are Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin.
“A politician of the year for regular Russians is still the president Vladimir Putin as 38% of respondents have chosen him. By a quite large margin, Putin is followed by Sergey Lavrov and Mikhail Mishustin (each of whom received 17% of votes), and Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu,” the survey said.
However, some people also support Vladimir Zhirinovsky, leader of the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia, Pavel Grudinin, a Communist party representative and Dmitry Medvedev, chairman of the ruling political party United Russia. As VCIOM noted, about 1,600 adult respondents from all over the country took part in the survey that was conducted in December 2021. All these people were chosen randomly and interviewed via mobile and fixed phone connection.