Vladimir Putin's grip on Russia is weakening the more he tries to fight the social concepts that are become legal in other countries. The more he keeps trying to fight against the new age and to keep people under his thumb the harder they are going to begin pushing back and fighting his choices.
Yes, I believe that Putin's grip on Russia is weakening, albeit slowly. Where at one point political uprisings were unheard of in Russia because they punished or killed anybody who dared to speak against them, it has been reforming over time to a somewhat more progressive state. However, the rate at which Putin's grip is weakening is not fast enough, as he still holds a massive amount of power compared to the rest of the world, rivaled only by countries like North Korea and the like.
Political strength weakens overtime, rulers get old. Putin will either retire or continue running things in the background. The simple fact is you cant control everyone all the time and there’s bound to be people that disagree. Every time a ruler does something that’s disagreed upon by the population the population will dislike them that much more.
Russia has been a fairly constant country under Putin's control. If his grip were weakening, we would hear more about current events and upcoming political movements in the country. Putin is a leader with lots of longevitity, and as long as he is alive and in power there will be little change.
United Russia won 238 seats to the State Duma – 10 more than necessary for an absolute majority – while losing its previous constitutional majority status. Whereas United Russia lost 77 seats, the Communist Party of the Russian Federation gained 35 seats, A Just Russia gained 26 seats, and the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia gained 16 seats. Voter turnout registered at 60.1%.United States’ Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has since commented on the electoral debate. "When authorities fail to prosecute those who attack people for exercising their rights or exposing abuses, they subvert justice and undermine the people’s confidence in their governments," Clinton said in a speech at the meeting of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), Europe’s biggest rights watchdog.
It seems to me that it is not. I still hear a lot about him in the news. And it seams that he is well liked over there. He has been elected several times and seems like he is pretty popular. Every time I have ever heard him talk he seems like he is truly interested in the well being of his people.