According to a survey by the Levada center, less than half of Russians — 41% — believe that Moscow should support the Donetsk and Lugansk national Republic in the Ukrainian conflict. There are those who believe that the Kremlin does not have to defend any of the parties.
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According to RBC, citing data from the study, 6% of respondents believe that Russia in the Ukrainian conflict should stand on the side of the Kiev government, another 37% believe that Moscow should take a neutral position.
A sociologist at the Levada center Stepan Goncharov notes that the topic of the legal status of the breakaway republics of Donbass silenced by the Russian media.
“But still, 41% support the DNI and LC quite a lot, although the idea to join the Donbass Russians have cooled down,” — says the expert. Interest in the topic of Ukraine also fell significantly, say sociologists.
Simultaneously, the increase in the number of Russians advocating for the unification of Russia and Ukraine in may this idea was supported by 9% of respondents and 11% in September. While 49% of respondents called for open borders between States. The introduction of visa regime was supported by 34% of Russians.
The majority of respondents (84%) expressed support for the annexation of Crimea to Russia. Compared to 2014, this figure decreased by 4%. While 63% of respondents believe that the annexation of Crimea has brought more good than harm.