Russian Xenophobia and Anti-Semitism Up Significantly over Last Year, Levada Poll Finds
August 27 – Over the last year, Levada Center polls show, xenophobia and
anti-Semitism have increased dramatically, with a third of Russians now saying
they do not want to see Roma in Russia, only a few less saying they do not want
to see Chinese there, and 12 percent saying the same thing about Jews.
numbers are up substantially from a year ago, from 17 percent, 15 percent and
four percent respectively. Moreover, one in every six now say that they do not
want to see any nations in Russia “except Russians,” and the share backing “Russia
for the Russians” has nearly doubled from 10 percent to 19 percent (levada.ru/2018/08/27/monitoring-ksenofobskih-nastroenij/).
Hostility to ethnic Ukrainians, people
from the Caucasus and gastarbeiters from the former Soviet republics also rose,
in some cases to new highs, the poll found.Forty percent favor
discriminating against minorities in hiring and rents; and the share supporting
restrictions on immigration rose from 58 percent to 67 percent now.
Center sociologists suggested that the numbers this year reflect “a redirection
of the anger of Russians about ‘the Other’” as a result of dissatisfaction with
the pension reform and “the worsening of consumer and social attitudes.” And
they pointed out that many of the groups Russians are most angry about are few
She continued: “Nationalism
and xenophobia is something that NEVER gives rise in Russia to ANYTHING
good.But [tragically] hatred and
intolerance are the only thing on the basis of which the unification of people
in Russia occurs. “However cynical this sounds, hatred and xenophobia to one
group in Russia weakens only with the growth in hatred toward another.”