Three Telling Statistics and Three Telling Signs of the Times from Today's Russia
June 22 – Sometimes the flood of stories from the Russian Federation is so
large that one is at a loss to decide which ones must be reported and which
ones neglected. Today is such a day, and so here is a listing of three new
statistics from Russian polls and three new developments in Russia that
constitute at the very least telling signs of the times.
2.Only 24 Percent of Russians Say They
have Suffered from Western Sanctions.According to another VTsIOM survey, 24 percent of Russians say they have
personally suffered as a result of Western sanctions, but 67 percent say the
sanctions have not had any effect, the preferred answer as far as the Kremlin
is concerned (the-village.ru/village/city/news-city/316413-vliyanie-sanktsiy).
3.Russians Significantly Less Likely Now
than in 1991 to Blame Stalin for War Losses.The share of Russians who blame Soviet
dictator Joseph Stalin for the enormous losses the USSR suffered at the start
of the war has fallen from 36 percent in 1991 to only nine percent now, as a
result of consistent Putin efforts to shift the blame away from the Soviet
Kremlin: ‘We are the Revolution,’ signed ‘The People.’
Russians are increasingly angry about the proposed boost in the pension age and
have come up with any number of slogans against the idea. Perhaps the most
radical appears on the walls of a village in Sverdlovsk oblast that has gone
viral on the Runet. It reads simply: “You are of the reforms. We are of the
Revolution. The People” (rusmonitor.com/zhiteli-revdy-sverdlovskojj-oblasti-pridumali-svojj-lozung-pensionnojj-reformy.html).