Has the Football World Cup 2018 helped Putin?

Marginally, yes, in the short term. Long-term, however, local grievances and international struggles will doubtless return to the fore.
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Pavel Luzin

Specialist in international relations, expert on the Russian Armed Forces. Political scientist (PhD). Senior lecturer, Faculty of History and Political Science, Perm University. 2013 – 2014 – fellow at the Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO, Russian Academy of Sciences). 2012-2013 expert in PIR-Center (Moscow), assistant to editor-in-chief of Security Index Journal.

Ivan Davydov

Editor at The New Times

Dmitri Stratievski

Political scientist and historian (FU Berlin), and deputy director of the Berlin Center for East European Studies (Osteuropa-Zentrum Berlin e.V.).