Last i heard he was only unpopular in st petersburg. If he is removed from within it will be due to economic collapse, not cause he's a tyrant who invaded ukraine and oppressed minorities. The russians seem very fond of these kind of "leaders"
He will (if he survives to then) also use the world cup to solidify his power
His extreme corruption is already causing economic hardship. Sanctions, war costs and low oil prices are compounding his problems.
A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject.
A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.