Staunton, January 17 – The share of Russians willing to protest or take part in any political activity at all, never large in the best of times, has fallen significantly since Vladimir Putin began tightening the screws in 2014. Instead, ever more Russians are showing their willingness and ability to adapt to the new situation.
In an interview taken by Roza Tsvetkova of “Nezavisimaya gazeta,” Natalya Zorkaya, head of social-political research at the Levada Center, says that not only do fewer Russians now take part in anything remotely political but they are increasingly hostile to those who do, viewing them as “marginal figures” or worse (ng.ru/ng_politics/2017-01-17/9_6904_zorkaya.html
· The percentage who have taken part in any political action in the last year has fallen from four percent to three percent since 2014.
· The share who have discussed politics with family and friends has fallen from 21 percent in 2012 to 15 percent last year, and the share of those saying they have done nothing at all political has risen from 34 percent in 1996 to 49 percent in 2016.