Russian President Vladimir Putin waves during a videoconference on Oct . 21, 2015, in Moscow.
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By NBC News
October 22, 2015

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s approval rating has reached nearly 90 percent largely thanks to his military moves in Syria, according to a new nationwide poll published Thursday.

State-run pollster VTsIOM said a record 89.9 percent of Russians approved of Putin in its latest weekly survey — up from 86.6 percent a week earlier and above the previous record of 89.1 in June 2015.

“Such high approval rating of the president of Russia had to do mostly with the events in Syria, [and] Russian airstrikes on terrorist positions,” VTsIOM said on its website.

Moscow claims the air operation in Syria is aimed at weakening ISIS. Western officials…

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