Staunton, August 8 – Russians tell the VTsIOM polling agency that “the influence of Russia on the international arena is based on military power (67 percent), the personal authority of Vladimir Putin (47 percent), success in sports (31 percent), cultural heritage (30 Percent) and scientific achievements (23 percent).
They divide nearly equally, the sociologists report today, between the 42 percent who think that the outside world views Russia in a positive light and the 39 percent who have or at least express the opposite opinion (wciom.ru/analytical-reviews/analiticheskii-obzor/obraz-rossii-za-rubezhom
It is much better, the diplomat said that our national symbols elicit smiles “and are not associated” with tragedies as is the case with the United States, where among its symbols are the indigenous Indian population. “Their fate,” Lavrov said, “is incomparably worse than the fate of Russian bears. They live on reservations while bears with us stride about the entire country.”