Mr Lucas told talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer Russians are getting “tired” of President Putin. The Russian political journalist pointed out that Russians under the age of 30 have only known what it is like to have Putin in charge. Mr Lucas argued that the “international isolation” Russia is experiencing is making some citizens consider a change in leadership. 

Ms Hartley-Brewer said regarding Putin: “He is very popular with a lot of Russians.”

Mr Lucas replied: “Well hang on, I would say the popularity is a bit fragile it has dipped in the past as well.

“Russia is not like North Korea it is not a totally rigid system and public opinion does matter.

“What Putin has always been very good at is the balancing act of making sure that everything stays pretty much in balance.

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“I would say that Russians are getting quite tired of him.

“It doesn’t mean that they want the opposition because the opposition is so fragmented.”

He continued: “If you talk to Russians he is the only political leader that they can remember.

“If you are under 30 then there is no life before Putin, he has been in for 20 years.

Medvedev made the announcement on Russian state TV, TASS. 

Medvedev said the decision was to allow President Vladimir Putin to make key constitutional changes.

Mr Medvedev, a long-time close associate of Mr Putin’s, has served as Russia’s prime minister since 2012.

The move came after Vladimir Putin earlier proposed a flurry of constitutional changes in what could be seen to be an attempt to pave the way for him to stay on after his presidential term expires in 2024.



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