At first glance, it's been a tumultuous few weeks for Russia's president Vladimir Putin.
There have been large anti-Kremlin protests in Russia's Far East. Putin critic Alexei Navalny has survived an assassination attempt that many now blame squarely on Russia's president. Turmoil in neighboring Belarus reminds many of the troubles Russia faced six years ago in Ukraine.
Look more closely, and Putin is sitting prettier than you'd think.