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The West believes that drastic fall of the oil prices in addition to the Western economic sanctions, imposed after the Russia’s annexation of the Crimea given its support of separatists on the East of Ukraine, will provoke such economic and social tensions in Russia, which would become a real threat to the government of President Vladimir Putin. Putin’s power in Russia and his authority over the Russians remain strong, despite circumstances which could put an end to the political career of most of the Western leaders. (Related to: “Putin’s “United Russia” gains over 54% supermajority“)