As many as 83 percent of Russians support Putin 1Photo: EPA-EFE/YURI KOCHETKOV

The Levada Independent Center has published a new poll, which shows that the number of Russian citizens who support Putin’s activities has been increasing since the beginning of the war: from 69 percent in January to 83 percent in March.

In total, 69 percent of respondents believe that things in the country are going in the right direction, compared to 52 percent in February. Support for the State Duma rose from 47 percent to 59 percent.

Denis Volkov, director of the Levada Center, stated that the results “reflect the gathering around the leadership in the background of the acute conflict with the West and the initial shock of sanctions”.

However, unlike the annexation of Crimea in 2014, Volkov says there is no great euphoria over the war. “People feel the seriousness of the situation and that may have a negative impact on the rating in the future.”

He also stated that so far sociologists have not determined that a larger number of respondents refuse to participate in the research (out of fear), but he said that the center will continue to monitor all changes in behavior.

Insiders warn that the results of this poll, no matter how independent, maintain the opinion of citizens in a country where those who speak out against the war and the leadership are severely punished.

Also, the poll showed that it strengthens the power of propaganda.

Most Russians now have access only to the state media, which does not show the true nature of the war, indiscriminate attacks / killings of Russians, and definitely does not show the number of dead Russian soldiers.

It is also estimated that the percentage of Russians of 83 percent of Russians, according to the Levada Center, which supports Putin who carried out the aggression on Ukraine, indicates that this is not just “Putin’s war, this is Russia’s imperial war against democratic and independent Ukraine.” Only 15 percent of Russians do not support Putin’s actions, according to a poll by the independent Russian polling agency Levada Center.

As many as 83 percent of Russians support Putin
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