Voices from Russia

Thursday, 13 March 2014

Two-thirds of Russians Believe “Crimea and the Eastern Ukraine are Essentially Russian Territory; Russia has the Right to Use Military Force to Protect their People”

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On 7-10 March, Levada Centre did a survey analysing public reaction to recent events in the Ukraine. Most respondents (53 percent) admit that they’re “not too well-versed” on the Ukrainian events, whilst another 15 percent said that they don’t know what to believe. 47 percent of Russians believe that our domestic media coverage on the Ukraine is “mostly objective” and 16 percent believe that the information supplied by the media is “fair overall”. The overwhelming majority of respondents (67 percent) blame the worsening situation in the Crimea on “radical Ukrainian nationalists”. Another 16 percent of Russians fingered “mafia groups”, and 9 percent fault Crimean Tatar nationalists. Half of Russians… 49 percent… wholeheartedly support the Crimea’s annexation to Russia, another 30 percent “mostly support” this step. Those advising that we should refrain from such an action are 12 percent. In response to a question about why they’d consider sending Russian forces to the Crimea and to other Ukrainian areas legitimate, the majority of Russians (65 percent) stated, “Crimea and Eastern Ukraine are essentially Russian territory; Russia has the right to use military force to protect their people”.

According to another poll conducted by VTsIOM, the approval rating of President Vladimir Putin reached its maximum point over the last three years at 71.6 percent. A VTsIOM statement said, “The previous maximum value of this index was in May 2012 (68.8 percent), immediately after Putin’s inauguration as head of state”.

13 March 2014




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Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Poll Shows More Orthodox Christian Believers in Russia

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A new survey by the independent Levada Centre showed that the proportion of Russians self-identifying as Orthodox Christians rose four-fold in the past 24 years. Today, two out of three Russians regard themselves as Orthodox Christians, compared to just one in six in 1989, in the last days of the USSR. The poll of 1,603 people found that 68 percent said that they were Orthodox Christian, up from 17 percent in 1989. The proportion identifying as Muslim also rose from about 1 percent in 1991 to 7 percent today. The number of Russian Catholics and Protestants remained roughly the same, at about 1 percent. About one in five Russians, or 19 percent, stated that they weren’t religious, compared to 75 percent in 1989, when atheism was the official state ideology, and 53 percent in 1991, after the Soviet collapse.

Most Orthodox believers aren’t regular church-attenders, with only 4 percent saying that they attended services once a week. Some 35 percent said that they never went to church, whilst 17 percent said that they went to services a few times a year. Some 62 percent of Orthodox Christians and Catholics also said that they never received Communion, down from 83 percent in 1991, whilst 8 percent said that they took part in the sacrament a few times a year. Levada ran the poll on 15-18 November 2013 in 130 cities, towns, and villages across 45 Russian federal subjects. The statistical margin of error was +/- 3.4 percent. After decades of repression and official disapproval, Orthodoxy gained greatly in influence in the past 20 years. Besides that, there’s been a major programme of church-building across the country to serve believers’ spiritual needs.

24 December 2013



Monday, 14 October 2013

Poll Sez Over Half of Russians Say Life is Hard, But Bearable

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Russians don’t have the Me First attitudes of Americans… remember, “the Evil Empire” was the invention of a slobbering old doddard who was one of the greatest enablers of evil in the 20th century. Red October happened for a reason…


According to a new survey released by the independent Levada-Centre on Monday, some 57 percent of Russians feel that life is hard, but bearable, five percentage points higher than in 2011. 25 percent of respondents said that the phrase “things aren’t that bad, it’s liveable” best sums up their view of life. This is four percentage points lower than two years ago. 15 percent said that “our disastrous situation is intolerable” best expressed their feelings, against 17 percent in 2011 and 32 percent in 1994, whilst three percent didn’t answer… unchanged over the last poll. Levada conducted the survey on 20-24 September 2013 amongst 1,601 urban and rural residents aged 18 and above in 130 cities, towns, and villages across 45 Russian federal subjects. The statistical margin of error was +/- 3.4 percent.

14 October 2013



Friday, 11 October 2013

Poll Sez Russians More Negative About the West

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According to a new survey, Russians’ attitudes towards the USA and the EU dramatically worsened since 1997. The poll results, released on Friday by the Levada Centre, showed that the number of Russians regarding the USA “in general poorly” rose to 36 percent this year, up from 31 percent last year and just 12 percent in 1997. A further 13 percent this year said they regarded the US “very poorly”. The survey showed that only 3 percent of Russians regarded the USA “very well”, down from 12 percent in 1997. That was slightly better than in 2008, when positive opinions of America reached a record low, with only 1 percent giving that answer. Similarly, Russians’ attitudes towards the EU also worsened, with 24 percent regarding it “in general poorly” last month, whilst a decade ago the figure was just 9 percent. The survey, conducted between 20-24 September, interviewed 1,600 people in 130 towns and cities, with a margin of error of +/- 3.4 percent.

11 October 2013



Editor’s Note:

Most of all, Russians hate America‘s greed and aggression… two vile twin brothers who always seem to march together. It’s interesting to see American Born Agains claim credit for Russia’s return to traditional morality. This year, we celebrated the 1,025th anniversary of Orthodoxy in Russia… all the American sects arose after 1800… I seem to see a SLIGHT difference there. We owe NOTHING to such people (or to loudmouthed konvertsy either)… it’s one of the reasons why Russians regard America so poorly. After all, what adult enjoys being lectured to by an arrogant upstart smarkacz? ‘Nuff said…


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