Voices from Russia

Thursday, 21 June 2018

Two-Thirds of Russians Felt No Impact of Western Sanctions

00 Russian food market. 27.12.14


According to poll results released on Wednesday, most Russians polled by the all-Russia Public Opinion Centre (VTsIOM) (67 percent) felt no impact of anti-Russian sanctions whilst 24 percent of respondents said the restrictions affected their financial position. In its report, VTsIOM said:

The respondents assessed more unambiguously the impact of Western sanctions on their family’s financial position… 67 percent of them didn’t feel their effect. However, there can be clearly seen the share of those who spoke about negative implications… 24 percent across the sample (reaching 36 percent in respondents who assessed their financial position as low).

As the poll suggests, Russians are divided on the benefit or the harm of the sanctions for the Russian economy… 34 percent of those polled believe that sanctions had a beneficial effect compared to 30 percent of the respondents who held the opposite opinion whilst 20 percent of respondents saw no impact of sanctions on our economic development. Responding to a question about positive consequences of the sanctions, Russians noted a boost in the country’s economic development (50 percent) and import substitution (20 percent). Amongst negative implications, respondents singled out growth of prices and taxes (22 percent) and economic decline (9 percent). Generally, the issue of sanctions remains topical for Russians… 57 percent of those polled paid attention to it. In reply to a question about Russian counter-sanctions, 73 percent of respondents said that they supported an unyielding foreign policy without concessions to the West whilst 17 percent of those polled disagreed with that. Most respondents (78 percent) believed that Western countries suffer more from anti-Russian sanctions. Commenting on the poll results, VTsIOM head Valery Fyodorov said:

Almost four years after their imposition, anti-Russian sanctions don’t cause any special fear. Moreover, a considerable part of our respondents sees mostly positive economic consequences in them. Nevertheless, every fourth respondent sees negative implications from the sanctions for their own well-being and for the well-being of their close relatives.

The poll was on 10-11 June 2018. The error margin is 2.5 percent with a 95 percent probability.

In 2014, the EU and the USA imposed sanctions on Russia over developments in the Ukraine and Crimean reintegration with Russia and often broadened and extended them. The EU suspended talks on visa-free travel and a new basic cooperation agreement, imposed a ban on entry to the EU for officials from Russia, and froze their assets, as well as introducing restrictions in the trade, financial, and military spheres. Overall, the EU blacklisted 151 individuals and 37 companies. It imposed sanctions against 20 Russian financial, energy, and defence structures. In addition, the USA imposed a ban on the export of US goods, technologies, and services to the Crimea. It also banned US investments in the Crimea.

20 June 2018




Friday, 11 October 2013

Poll Sez Russians More Negative About the West

00 Russians say DA to Jesus. 11.10.13


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…


Thursday, 5 September 2013

Most Russians Trust the Academy of Sciences, the Orthodox Church, and the President… the Cops Led the Untrustworthy

00 Priest and Soldier a. Epiphany. 2012


The Romir Research Group told Interfax that most-trusted public institutions by Russians are the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAN), the Orthodox Church, and the RF President. In first place, 67 percent trusted the RAN. In second place, two-thirds (66 percent) supported the Orthodox Church. Topping off the troika of the leaders was the RF President… 63 percent were inclined to believe him. After that, 61 percent found the Russian forces worthy of trust, every second respondent spoke well of the Ministry of Education and Science  (Minobrnauki) (53 percent), the RF Federal Government (52 percent), and the mass media (50 percent). Little less than half relied on local governments (48 percent) and the RF Federation Council (47 percent). The RF Gosduma gained the confidence of 44 percent. On the other hand, the police lead the “No Confidence” brigade, with 62 percent disbelieving them.

Last year, Romir conducted a similar survey, using a somewhat-abbreviated list of institutions. At that time, 68 percent expressed full or partial confidence in the RF President, the RF Federal Government received 59 percent, and the RF Gosduma won 51 percent, whilst local government convinced only 49 percent. Over the last year, institutions such as the media and the Orthodox Church strengthened their position (in 2012, their level of trust was 49 percent and 62 percent respectively). Andrei Milekhin, the President of the Romir Group, suggested, “Maybe, due to the emergence of strong and charismatic leaders in the Army and the Orthodox Church, these institutions are now on an equal footing with the RF President. It seems as though the old slogan, “For Faith, Tsar, and Fatherland” is returning from the past, finding a new meaning today”.

Romir conducted the current survey in July 2013 in conjunction with the Institute for Social and Political Studies (ISPI RAN) amongst 1,000 Russians in seven Federal Districts, in cities of over 100,000 people.

4 September 2013



Editor’s Note:

I think that some ROCOR elements live in the past, supporting the nutter pretender Maria Vladimirovna Romanova. To speak bluntly, the chances of a Soviet revival are far better than those of her (or her blockheaded son) ever gaining the throne (even as a symbolic paper monarch). The ROCOR had best wake up… the monarchy fell in 1917, and it won’t ever rise again in the same fashion. Autocracy is dead. It’s time to live in the present, not in dreams of a long-gone imperial era that never really existed in the form that certain ROCOR factions believe that it did. The Revolution happened for many reasons… one being the greed and nastiness of many of the aristos and bourgeois who founded the ROCOR in the 20s (not to mention the fact that many are sprung from the ranks of World War II Nazi collaborators). Think on it…



Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Brezhnev Pips Lenin as Russia’s Favourite 20th Century Ruler

Christ... Red... White... United. late Soviet

THIS is what the people want… any questions?


In an opinion poll released on Wednesday, Russians viewed Leonid Brezhnev as the most positive of all Soviet and Russian leaders in the 20th century, but Vladimir Lenin and Iosif Stalin were close behind. 56 percent of respondents in the Levada Centre survey viewed Brezhnev (who ruled the USSR in 1964-82) positively. Often mocked in jokes for his increasingly-visible senility at the end of his life, people still respect Brezhnev for maintaining stability and increasing living standards among millions of ordinary Soviet citizens during his time in office as General Secretary of the Communist Party. 55 percent of respondents saw Lenin, (who led the Bolsheviks into power in 1917) positively. Stalin, whose almost-three-decade rule saw many of his fellow countrymen perish in GULag labour camps, was judged to have been a positive influence by 50 percent of respondents. Just 21 percent of respondents viewed Perestroika-era leader Mikhail Gorbachyov’s rule positively, whilst only 22 percent were positive about Boris Yeltsin, post-Soviet Russia’s first president. 48 percent of respondents saw Tsar Nikolai Aleksandrovich, deposed and executed by the Bolsheviks, as a positive influence. Levada carried out the poll on 19-22 April, with 1,600 respondents from all over Russia.

22 May 2013



Editor’s Note:

This confirms something that I’ve suspected for quite some time. Amongst ordinary folk, there’s much regard for both Tsarist and Communist rulers, as they see them as respectful of the common people. Neither Yeltsin nor Gorbachyov got positive reviews, as the people see them as bum-kissers of the pseudo-intellectual pro-Westerners who hold ordinary Russians in contempt and of greedy Free Market buccaneers who raped the working class. Let’s keep it simple… the people who voted for Lyonyo, voted for Koba, Ilyich, and Good Tsar Nikolai, too. They didn’t vote for Gorbachyov and Yeltsin. The people want a Red Tsar… not the Free Market… not the oligarchs… not the pro-Westerners… not the White Liberal Phonies of February (remember, had not Kerensky imprisoned the tsar, he might have survived… the righties are silent about that)… not the Nazi collaborators who fled to the West (and who sold themselves into the service of Western intel agencies against the Orthosphere). That pisses off the likes of Victor Potapov (which led to his vile, revolting, and hypocritical tantrum on the ROCOR official website… after all, he’s a well-known Langley operative). Will he leave the canonical Church if Russia continues to move leftward? Do stay tuned… this show ain’t over yet, kids…


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