Contrary to a popular opinion in the West, Russia is a democratic country with a strong and popular leader, Vladimir Putin says prominent French scholar and politician Yvan Blot.
Blot, a close friend and former adviser to ex-French President Nicolas Sarkozy, presented his new book in Moscow called “Putin’s Russia,” in which among other things he discusses that people in Europe have a prejudiced view of Russia.
One of Blot’s objectives in the book is to shatter myths about Russia and explain to Europeans that the country is no longer the Soviet Union.
The renowned French politician added that around 40 percent of French citizens have a positive view of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Most of them are young people who actively use the Internet to form their own opinions about Russia and its leader, different from those told by mainstream French media, Blot explained.
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