What You Need To Know:
✅ Russia's church calls Putin's latest actions, "A Holy War";
✅ Under Putin, all government institutions function together to promote his agenda;
✅ Putin's popularity rose to all time heights after annexing Crimea;
✅ Russians are far less supportive of Putin's attacks in Syria.
Mikhail Fishman is the Editor-in-Chief of Russia's Slon magazine. He has been following developments in Russian society as Russian President Vladimir Putin has escalated Military involvement in Syria.
After both houses approved Russian military involvement in Syria the Russian Orthodox Church stated that Putin's military actions against "terrorism" there was "holy." Fishman explains under Putin government and other institutions within Russia have stopped representing different positions. "There is no political elite there is just one decision and when the decision is made the political elite just stands behind it." They are all "branches of the same political organism called Putin or the Kremlin," he added.
Fishman also explained that since Putin's popularity rating rose to unknown heights after annexing Crimea Putin has begun to use military action to sustain popularity at home. Though actions in Syria have less support among the Russian public than military involvement in Ukraine, it continues to play a role in his popularity.
Mikhail Fishman spoke with the Sunday Show's Ian Bateson and Nataliya Gumenyuk on October 3, 2015.