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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Ivanov Warns of Distrust

Growing public distrust in the authorities is becoming a threat to the country's stability and national security, Security Council Secretary Igor Ivanov said Tuesday.

Ivanov, a former foreign minister who is known for his caution in political statements and his loyalty to President Vladimir Putin, urged the Kremlin to map out a clear vision of where it was leading the country.

"There is an obvious decline in public trust in all power structures and state institutions," Ivanov said in a speech, the text of which was published on the Security Council's web site, www.scrf.gov.ru.

Ivanov, addressing a meeting of experts, made his comment in a list of perceived threats to political and social stability and security.

The Kremlin has been alarmed by a wave of public protests by mostly elderly people against a law scrapping state social benefits for meager cash payments. The anger has dented Putin's popularity ratings for the first time in his nearly five years of rule.

Ivanov said there was lack of public confidence over threats from terrorism, and concern over environmental and demographic problems.

Ivanov said the Kremlin had to lay out a clear strategic vision.

"Generally speaking, there is a growing need to work out an integral and comprehensive vision of strategic targets in managing the state," he said.