That was 2016 but yes that bought him some popularity. His party lost the election in every major city last time and they even had a do over election in Istanbul so they lost twice. I've almost never met anyone who likes him but he keeps winning. Probably not the most reliable system here. One can hope.Didn't staging that Reichstag Fire fake coup buy him some time a while back
The funny thing about Russia and other troglodytes accusing NATO of conducting a proxy war is that is exactly what Russia's invasion of Ukraine was intended to be. A proxy war against NATO. Which is a proxy war against the US. One of their stated goals was to stop NATO from accepting countries that insisted on joining. To weaken NATO. To push back its borders.
But since their invasion failed so completely now they are whining about NATO it's fighting a proxy war against them. It's like... The ship has sailed as far as the West feeling guilty about actually standing up to you. Regardless of if you call it a proxy war or act like it is crossing the line for countries to aid their ally when it is being invaded or try to act like it is unfair that the West actively now wants to hurt you so you can't do it again, this is all on you. You chose this war. You decide every day to continue to hurt yourself by continuing this war. You can fuck off with whining about it.
You burned any bridges of the West thinking it might have gone too far when you started targeting civilians and raping children in occupied territories. Russia should be counting its lucky stars that their worst complaint is the proxy part of the proxy war. Whether it is a proxy war doesn't make the actions any less just and we can remove the proxy part whenever we choose.