“DNR” poll finds population doesn’t support Russia or “pro-Moscow militias”

The "DNR" meetings normally feature mostly older people who still remember and long for the USSR (Image: AP)

The "DNR" meetings normally feature mostly older people who still remember and long for the USSR (Image: AP) 

2015/09/15 • Analysis & Opinion, Russia, War in the Donbas

One of the major Russian newspapers “Moskovsky komsomolets” yesterday published the results of a poll conducted by pro-Moscow sociologists in the “Donetsk Peoples Republic,” results that the Moscow paper suggested would surprise those who watch Russian television because they show the population there doesn’t support either Russia or the “militias.”

The poll found that “far fewer than half of the residents support the DNR and those who consider themselves patriots of Russia are also fewer than half.” Judging from the number of views this report has received so far, Russians in Russia are paying attention to those results.

This poll was conducted last month not by Ukrainians but by Russian specialists at the Special Status Center for Sociological Research. It surveyed 6500 people in 19 cities and towns of the region now under the control of Russian military units and pro-Moscow “militias,” the article continued.

Despite what many would expect, “Moskovsky komsomolets” reported, the majority of the people in the region were not against the Ukrainian Maidan and for the DNR, “and although the agency with pride reports that the number of such people in recent times has increased by seven percent, that brings the number only to 29 percent, that is, not even half.”

“Still sadder statistics for the apologists of the idea of Novorossiya,” the paper’s Ostap Zhukov writes, were the responses when people in the Donbas were asked “’do you consider yourself a patriot of Russia?’” On average across the region, “only ten percent” of the sample said they did.

In general, Zhukov says, people there “consider themselves patriots of the Donbas with between 34 and 48 percent making that declaration.

Compiling and publishing in Moscow such statistics is perhaps easier now that Vladimir Putin is insisting that the Donbas must remain part of Ukraine, but these numbers show that his earlier claims about pro-Moscow feelings in the region, claims that he used to justify the Anschluss of Crimea and involvement in eastern Ukraine, were completely false.

That Russians are being provided evidence of that and in one of the most widely read Moscow newspapers is thus both striking and encouraging, an indication that ever more Russians however much they may support Putin in the abstract are going to learn that he has been lying to them and the rest of the world about Ukraine.

Edited by: A. N.

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  • Brent

    Don’t forget that over 1.5 million Donbas residents have fled the region for ‘free’ Ukraine. Add those numbers to the mix and the support is much less than even this poll claims.

    The situation in Crimea is not much different. The mini mafia regime run by Aksyonov has taken over which ever businesses it wants to line its own pockets and those sheeple that supported secession to Russia are starting to see how many lies and unfulfilled promises Putin made to them, all while suppressing their rights and freedoms and charging them more for the same goods they used to get cheaper as part of Ukraine.

    • Dagwood Bumstead

      Many people in the Crimea who supported the Anschluß to Dwarfstan did so because they thought they would get better wages and pensions. They did, but as prices also went up the net effect was zero, or even negative.
      They also counted on tourism, the Crimea’s main source of income, being unaffected, but this has proved to be an illusion. This season has been a failure as well, and if next year shows the same result more and more people will end up in dire straits. Most tourists came from mainland Ukraine and they have other priorities now. Thanks to the dwarf’s aggression and Proffessor Viktor and his fellow crooks robbing the country blind the Ukrainian economy is in serious trouble- which means Ukrainians being on average able to afford fewer luxuries. Furthermore, they are far more likely to donate to the various organisations that support the armed forces than spend their money in a territory whose leaders have proclaimed their hostility to Kyiv. And if the Crimean Tatar call to block the supply of food to the Crimea is successful, the Crimea’s problems will only increase further. The demented dwarf will somehow have to take up the slack, which means flying in food or sending more through the Kerch ferry- which will have difficulty crossing Kerch Strait in winter at the very least. Prices will only go up further.

  • George

    We now need a similar unbiased and free (without guns at heads) survey carried out in Crimea; despite Poootin wanting to keep this territory for military reasons plus the valuable minerals there.

    • Dagwood Bumstead

      The dwarf wil do his very best to thwart such a poll taking place, I suspect.
      And it should come as no surprise that he has been lying all along, he’s just as bad as Pinocchio.
      The REAL results of the so-called referendum were osted on a Dwarfstan government website, but quickly removed: about 30% of the population took part, with about half, or 15%, supporting joining Dwarfstan. So much for the overwhelming support that the dwarf and Lozhvrov claimed.

  • danram

    I hope the people who put out this poll have got their passports updated and have some money in their wallets and bank accounts. They may start getting visits from the police soon. That’s how things work in today’s Russia.

  • Eddy Verhaeghe

    What is most incredible is the fact that the majority of the Donbass people answered the way they did. Apparently being under duress didn’t stop them to express that they are Donbass people and belong to Ukraine and not to Russia. One can only make this conclusion : the Donbass people have more guts than most Western people and politicians.

    • danram

      It’s certainly no great praise to say that someone has more guts than the current crop of western “leaders”.

      • Eddy Verhaeghe

        But it is the truth and nothing but the truth.