RD Interview: Valery Fedorov, director of the Russian Public Opinion Research Center (WCIOM), discusses the interconnection between foreign policymaking, media and society in Russia, the new historic high of Putin’s approval rating, and the cyclical nature of U.S.-Russia relations.
Perhaps the most controversial move by the Russian government in its campaign against foreign goods has been its decision early this summer to strictly enforce its ban on foreign foods.
Millions of children across Russia experience the excitement this week of going back to school: reuniting with friends, tackling new subjects, and expanding their knowledge and skills. But for Russia's more than 540,000 children with disabilities, back to school week may mean very little.
Russians believe the United States is an immoral and unequal country where people are not warm to each other or are openly racist, a survey by the state-owned Public Opinion Research Center (VTsIOM) reported on Monday.
The former USSR has one of the lowest rates of productivity in Europe, salaries are plunging and spending power grows weaker by the day - yet unemployment rates remain half those of the euro area
Two-thirds of Russians (65 percent) deem emigration to be an important problem in the country, and 29 percent argue the opposite, the Russian Public Opinion Study Center (VTsIOM) has said.
Majority of Russians believe disrespect to religious feelings is inacceptable and place them above freedom of expression, the Russian Public Opinion Research Center (VTsIOM) reports Thursday.
A majority of Russians have never had their religious sensibilities insulted, an offense that was criminalized in 2013 and has subsequently been used to prosecute artists addressing religious topics, according to a survey released by state-owned pollster VTsIOM on Thursday.
The minimum monthly income a household needs to make ends meet, according to the average Russian, is 22,755 rubles ($350) per person — nearly 2.5 times more than the official minimum cost of living in Russia
Most Russians maintain a positive attitude towards symbols connected to the country's Soviet past, a survey conducted by Russia's state-run VTsIOM pollster survey shows.
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