Tag: public opinion

Ukrainian Crisis has Split Russia Just as Collapse of USSR and Chechen War Did, Gudkov Says

November 2, 2014

Staunton, November 2 — Lev Gudkov, the director of the Levada Center, says that the ongoing Ukrainian crisis is dividing Russian society to an extent comparable to the ways similar to the demise of the Soviet Union and the war in Chechnya and that as such this crisis represents “a turning point” in Russia’s national […]

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’ – […]

Ukrainians Know They’re at War with Russia, Even If Others Won’t Say So

October 13, 2014

Staunton, October 7 – Even as Western leaders try in almost every way to describe the Russian invasion of Ukraine as something other than what it is, most Ukrainians know that their country is at war with Russia and almost as many blame the Russian Federation for that reality, according to a new Razumkov Center […]

Plane Shoot Down Has Inflicted a ‘Destructive Hit’ on Reputations of Putin and Russia, Stanovaya Says

July 20, 2014

Staunton, July 18 – Whatever the investigation determines is “the level of direct or indirect responsibility” for the shooting down of the Malaysian airline, Tatyana Stanovaya says, “the reputations of the country and of Vladimir Putin personally” have suffered a serious “hit,” yet another indication that “the price of geopolitical games” in this region is […]

Kremlin Could Get Russian Backing ‘At Any Time’ for More Radical Moves in Ukraine, Says Nezavisimaya

July 2, 2014

Staunton, July 1 – Given the Kremlin’s ability to mobilize the population via Moscow television, Vladimir Putin could “at any time” refuse to cooperate” with the West on Ukraine “and receive the support of society,” according to a lead article today by the editors of Nezavisimaya gazeta. That reality, the editors say, dramatically increases the […]

As Putin Pursues Imperial Goals, Fewer Russians Regret End of USSR

June 11, 2014

Staunton, June 11 – Even as Vladimir Putin pursues what many see as an effort to restore an empire centered on Moscow, polls show that ever fewer Russians regret the end of the Soviet Union – something the Kremlin leader has said was “the greatest geopolitical catastrophe” of the 20th century – and ever more […]

Russians Back Putin Because He Offers Illusion Russia is Again a Superpower, Levinson Says

June 8, 2014

Staunton, June 8 – Much of the public support in Russia for Vladimir Putin reflects the fact that his actions allow Russians to believe if only for a time that their country is once again a great power even though they fully understand that Russia is not in a position to be one the equal […]

Moscow TV has Shaped but Not Created Russian Response to Crimea, Levada Center Expert Says

June 7, 2014

Staunton, June 6 – Many have blamed Moscow’s state-controlled television for whipping up anti-Ukrainian attitudes among Russians, but Aleksey Levinson, a Levada Center sociologist, argues that what the broadcasts have done is not to create something out of whole cloth but rather to shape and exacerbate it. In an interview with Andrey Lipsky of Novaya […]

Russia This Week: Will the Internet Survive? (12-16 May)

May 17, 2014

Updated Daily. Soccer fans angry at the murder of their fellow fan, joined by anti-migrant nationalists, rampaged in a Moscow suburb. Russian state propaganda has grown more aggressive and pompous, magnifying Russian imperialism and whipping up hatred of foreigners and dissidents. What are we measuring when we poll public opinion when people are mainly dependent […]

Russian Elites and People Never Accepted Demise of USSR, Shelin Says

April 2, 2014

Staunton, April 2 – Neither Russian elites nor the Russian people accepted the demise of the USSR and occasionally signaled that throughout the Yeltsin period, according to commentator Sergey Shelin. But in every case, the West preferred not to take notice of that reality and only now with Vladimir Putin’s actions is being forced to […]