Tag: Levada Center

Most Russians Indifferent to Politics – and They Have Their Reasons

November 12, 2015

Staunton, November 11 – Sixty percent of Russians say they are indifferent to politics in their country, and they appear to have good reason: not only do their views have no impact on the Kremlin but their votes are treated so cavalierly by Russian officials that even the formalities of democracy have lost any attraction. […]

Skyrocketing Unemployment Among Young Russians Sparking Anger About Injustice

September 1, 2015

Staunton, August 29 – The three most important news items last week, two URA.ru journalists say, is that unemployment among Russians aged 15 to 24 years has risen 500 percent this year, that one in every three of them is ready to leave the country, and that ever more of them are animated by a […]

Russian People Think That a Malaysian Plane Tribunal Would Hold Ukraine Responsible, Gudkov Says

August 3, 2015

Staunton, July 29 – The Russian government is totally opposed to the creation of an international tribunal to investigate the downing of the Malaysian airliner a year ago and will likely veto a proposal for such a venue at a meeting of the UN Security Council today. But a recent poll shows about half of […]

Post-Soviet Russians Began Looking for Enemies Under Yeltsin

June 10, 2015

Staunton, June 9 – It has become almost commonplace to assert that Russians under Boris Yeltsin had a positive view of the world and that they began their search for enemies only under his successor, Vladimir Putin. That such feelings have intensified under Putin is beyond doubt, but it is important to remember that they […]

A Potentially Dangerous Situation: Russians Want Regime to Take Care of Them But Don’t Think They Can Hold It Responsible

April 9, 2015

Staunton, April 7 – Russians want their government to take care of them and ensure a high standard of living, surveys routinely show, but they “do not believe in the possibility of influencing the institutions of power by civilized means” and thus are not inclined to try to hold the regime responsible, according to Sergey […]

Hatred Of Americans And ‘Fifth Column’ Has Deep Roots Among Russians

March 23, 2015

Staunton, March 20 — It has become a commonplace to blame Kremlin-controlled media for the upsurge in anti-Americanism and hatred of a supposed “fifth column,” but two Russian sociologists say that hatred has been on the rise among Russians for a long time and at most this generalized hatred is now being channeled by the […]

Russians In Biggest Cities Feel the Most Pain From Crisis

December 26, 2014

Staunton, December 22 – Russians living in the largest cities, the people who benefited the most from the oil-driven boom of the last decade, now feel the greatest concern about the impact on their lives of the economic crisis because they are better informed than those in smaller ones and rural areas, a pattern that […]

Putin’s ‘New Society’ Very Dangerous but Not Fascist, ‘Russky Zhurnal’ Editor Says

November 2, 2014

Staunton, November 1 – The new society emerging in Russia under Vladimir Putin will be “a powerful and active one, anti-democratic, militarized, with its own ‘leader cult,’ and ‘political gnosticism’ but not comparable to the interwar regimes in Italy or Germany, according to Aleksandr Morozov, the editor in chief of Russky Zhurnal. And he argues […]

Russia This Week: Doctors Rally in Moscow to Protest Hospital Closures, Health Care Budget Slash (October 27-November 2)

Updated Daily. This week’s issue: – Doctors Protest Hospital Closures and Pay Cuts in Health System ‘Reforms’ – The Value of the Ruble is Falling, Along with the Price of Oil – Russian Censorship Agency Strikes Ekho Moskvy News Site, Removes Article on Donetsk Airport – Russian Reporter Publishes List of ‘Most Authoritative Russians’ – […]