Nikolai Mironov, the director general of the Russian Institute of Priority Regional Projects, voiced the same opinion as Zudin did.
“The high rating level must be attributed to the successful Olympic Games,” Mironov said. “He [Putin] was personally bidding for the Sochi Games at the International Olympic Committee, took part in the Sochi presentation, supervised the construction of the Olympic facilities, worked with athletes and as a result Russia had the deserved first place. This must be attributed to the president.”
He added that the sharp contrast of the democratic order in Russia and “the political chaos” in Ukraine also played in favor of Putin’s popularity rating increase.