Staunton, December 6 – According to the results of a new Serbsky Institute survey, people in predominantly ethnic Russian regions in the Russian Federation are more likely to be depressed and to contemplate or commit suicide than are those in non-Russian regions (rg.ru/2017/12/05/reg-sibfo/sostavlen-rejting-regionov-rf-po-zabolevaemosti-depressiej.html
According to a Russian nationalist commentator, Archpriest Aleksandr Kuzin who is pastor of a church in Shubin, there are powerful reasons why this is so, rooted in unemployment or the risk of that and the sense many Russians now have that they aren’t needed by anyone (ruskline.ru/news_rl/2017/12/06/pochemu_stradaet_imenno_korennoe_naselenie_rossii/
That puts such non-Russian regions in sharp contrast to what is going on in Russian regions, he continues. In the latter, the authorities “do without such measures believing that the indigenous population will solve its own problems with work, employment and a sense of being needed by others and by the country as a whole.”
“In my view,” the archpriest concludes, “such a policy is based on a dangerous misconception” that Russians don’t need the help of others and the state and that it is somehow all right that “precisely the indigenous population of Russia is the one that suffers” more while the non-Russians don’t.