According to a survey, almost every second Russian reacted with fear and shock to the partial mobilization ordered by Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin.
A total of 47 percent of those surveyed described their emotional state after Putin’s speech a week ago as “fear, fear, horror,” according to results published by the independent polling institute Levada on Thursday. On the other hand, 23 percent stated that they were “proud of Russia”.
Levada Institute examines the mood of the Russian population
The polls by the independent Levada Institute are also valued by Western experts – as comparatively authentic and implemented according to recognized social science principles.
Meanwhile, the proportion of those who said they supported Russia’s war against Ukraine, which began in late February, fell to 72 percent, its lowest level ever. Shortly after the beginning of the war it was 80 percent.
However, the Levada sociologists had already pointed out at the time that many Russians were not looking with enthusiasm but with fear at the fighting, which the Kremlin described as a “special military operation”.
Experts also warn that people in Russia may not always honestly express their opinions, even in anonymous surveys, for fear of repression. Putin’s announcement that he would send 300,000 reservists to the front in Ukraine in the coming weeks and months has triggered the biggest protests in Russia since the beginning of the war and a large wave of refugees. (dpa)
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