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A debate over whether three of the group’s members should
have been jailed for dancing to a profane “punk prayer” in a
Russian Orthodox Church has deepened a split in society to a
degree rarely seen since the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991.

But there is one sentiment that is shared by people on all
sides – disappointment with President Vladimir Putin.

Putin is not about to fall. But a recent poll showed his
popularity had slipped 12 percentage points since he returned to
the presidency in May.

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