Information Warfare · Russia


It is well worth the time to click and explore this link. 

The survey appears to be only two questions, overall it is entitled “Pride and Shame”. 

Of note, which the Newsweek article left out, Russians hold great pride in “Victory in the Great Patriotic War of 1941-45”, at 83% vs. 43% for the “The return of the Crimea to the Russian Federation”.   I, personally, do not agree that should be a source of pride, but it is for Russians.  Sacrificing 20 million souls, trading lives for land on a very negative scale should not be a source of pride, I think. 

Also left out of the Newsweek interpretation is Russians are proud of a very illegal act, invading and annexing land of another sovereign nation.  This is a product of an overwhelming, pervasive, and invasive domestic propaganda program in Russia, I am absolutely convinced. 

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BY ON 3/1/17 AT 8:07 AM

The annexation of Crimea has become a major source of national pride for Russians, even greater than the honor of being the first country to send a man into space, a poll suggests.

Russia’s takeover of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula in 2014 prompted condemnation from the West. But the Russian government celebrated the acquisition as a historic triumph and in the aftermath, President Vladimir Putin’s approval reached its highest level ever in three presidential terms.

According to independent pollster Levada Center, the events of 2014 still resonate well with Russians, as 43 percent of them pointed to the “return” of Crimea to the territory of Russia as a historic event which they were proud of.

Only the Soviet Union’s contribution to defeating Nazi Germany in World War II, evoked pride among more Russians (83 percent) than Crimea.

This ranks the annexation of Crimea higher than the level of pride (41 percent) Russians feel about the Soviet Union’s feat of sending cosmonaut Yury Gagarin into space in 1961. Also ranking behind Crimea in the hearts of Tolstoy and Dostoevsky’s compatriots is Russia’s contribution to world literature, which only 36 percent of Russians felt proud of.

When asked what in history they felt most shame and hurt about, the most popular answer remained the same as it has in every such survey conducted by the Levada Center since 1999. Most Russians (54 percent) felt shame that they are “a great people with a wealthy country but living in eternal poverty and disorder.”

Notably more Russians felt ashamed of the collapse of the Soviet Union (33 percent) than of the Soviet-era repressions and forced deportations (22 percent.)