Vladimir Putin is Russia’s biggest oligarch

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Igor Sechin, the chief executive of the Russian oil company Rosneft, in Moscow in March 2018. (Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters)

Correction: An earlier version of this article contained an inaccurate statement about the Russian bank VTB. It has been removed.

Anders Aslund is a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council and author of the book “Russia’s Crony Capitalism: The Path from Market Economy to Kleptocracy.”

This week, a new Russian poll found that President Vladimir Putin’s trust rating among the Russian public has plunged to its lowest level in 13 years. And while there are good reasons to be cautious about Russian polling, it seems safe to conclude that Putin’s ratings are sagging. The causes for this decline are myriad and complex. But one of them undoubtedly

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