On its website, the all-Russian Public Opinion Research Centre (VTsIOM) presented data on how Russians view the current events in the Ukraine. Today, about three-quarters (74 percent) of Russians are following the situation in the Ukraine. As a whole, Russians are more interested in current events in the Ukraine and not events that occurred in the past. Particularly, residents of Moscow and St Petersburg (84 percent), people over 60 (83 percent), and KPRF supporters (84 percent) closely watch the unfolding news. One in four (25 percent) believed that there was a putsch in the Ukraine, resulting in a seizure of power. 29 percent said that there’s rampant anarchy and banditry, and 27 percent called the developing situation the beginning of a civil war. Half of the respondents (50 percent) didn’t like any of the sides in the political conflict. One-third backed the legitimate Yanukovich government, with higher percentages amongst residents of medium-sized cities and those with moderate incomes (37 percent). Only 8 percent were in favour of the Timoshenko junta.
One-fifth (21 percent) thought that Yanukovich should resign and call early elections. On the other hand, 31 percent took the opposite POV, believing that Yanukovich had to suppress the rioters using police action. In turn, 26 percent believed that the authorities should enter into negotiations with the oppositionists and form a coalition government, but the percentage of those who gave this response decreased significantly compared to the beginning of February (when 37 percent said so). Most refused to condemn the actions of the Berkut spetsnaz troops (88 percent); 56 percent said that they were just doing their duty, and 32 percent believed that they saved their country from falling to pieces and sinking into chaos. Only 6 percent thought that the Berkut beat ordinary people with no cause, that they protected a criminal régime. According to 40 percent, the Ukrainian protest movement will morph into disorder, threatening a collapse of the country. Another 22 percent believed that the protests would continue, but that their popularity and scale would decrease. Only 17 percent think that there’s going to be an imminent end to the current discontent and protest actions.
28 February 2014
Russkaya Narodnaya Liniya