‘Young Russians love Putin, state ownership and socialism,’ poll finds

One of the hundreds of pro-Putin Internet propaganda memes distributed by the Kremlin Internet troll factories to target the Russian-speaking youth. The t-shirt sign says: "Respect My Power."

One of the hundreds of pro-Putin Internet propaganda memes distributed by the Kremlin Internet troll factories to target the Russian-speaking youth. The t-shirt sign says: "Respect My Power." 

2017/04/18 - 10:15 • Analysis & Opinion, Russia

Teenage victims of the police crackdown of the anti-corruption protests in Moscow, Russia on March 26, 2017

Teenage victims of the police crackdown of the anti-corruption protests in Moscow, Russia on March 26, 2017

The massive participation of young Russians in the March 26 anti-corruption demonstrations led many Russian and Western analysts to predict that the rise of a generation born or at least grown up after the end of the Soviet Union will have a profound and positive impact on the future of Russia.

But a new survey by the Public Opinion Foundation suggests that such expectations may be wrong because it reports that “young Russians love Putin, state ownership and socialism” more than their elders who can remember Soviet times, Anatoly Komrakov reports in Nezavisimaya gazeta today.

"Youth Army" troops organized by the Russian Defense Ministry (Image: RIA)

“Youth Army” troops organized by the Russian Defense Ministry (Image: RIA)

Indeed, the journalist writes, “the political and economic views of young Russians will be a surprise for many.”

  • Those aged 17 to 34 favor socialist values more than liberal ones by 28 to 20 percent.
  • And 73 percent of this cohort favor state ownership of major enterprises.
  • Only 17 percent believe they should be privately held.
November and December pages from the erotic calendar created by the students and would-be students of Moscow State University for Putin's 58th birthday in 2010. Miss December's message to Putin: "I want to congratulate you personally. Call 8-925-159-17-28."

November and December pages from the erotic calendar created by the students and would-be students of Moscow State University for Putin’s 58th birthday in 2010. Miss December’s message to Putin: “I want to congratulate you personally. Call 8-925-159-17-28.”

At the same time, young people in Russia are far more inclined to say that “Russia now is moving in the correct direction” (69 percent) than are their elders, only 33 percent of whom agree with that statement, according to a recent Levada Center poll.

And perhaps most striking of all, only 18 percent of young Russians say the country is moving in the wrong direction.

The same polling agency last October found that as young people age, they become less positive about the government and less interested in politics.

A camp for the preparation of mercenaries for Russia's war in Ukraine with a group for school-age youths. The camp is located in the territory of a Russian Orthodox monastery of the Moscow Patriarchate near the city of Chernogolovka near Moscow. September 2015. (Image: ENOT Corp.)

A camp for the preparation of mercenaries for Russia’s war in Ukraine with a group for school-age youths. The camp is located in the territory of a Russian Orthodox monastery of the Moscow Patriarchate near the city of Chernogolovka near Moscow. September 2015. (Image: ENOT Corp.)

  • Then, “only a third of the young were interested in politics.”
  • For those aged 18 to 22, 64 percent said they weren’t interested in politics.
  • Those aged 28 to 30, in contrast, said they didn’t follow politics.

Most young people don’t have any heroes among the adult population. Only 30 percent of those asked about said they did and listed Vladimir Putin, Vladimir Zhirinovsky and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at the top, a group that may have more to do with name recognition than with anything else.


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  • Scradje

    What a depressing article. Just goes to show that after czarism, communism and now fascism under fueher pootler, nothing actually changes in that godforsaken place when it periodically changes its system of government

    • Dagwood Bumstead

      That’s one way of looking at it. I see it as a positive, as it means that the country’s collapse and breakup become inevitable. Ony sane and intelligent leadership under someone as Alexei Kudrin can now avert disaster for Dwarfstan and a strong Dwarfstan is the last thing we want.
      Let Pedo Putolini and his cronies continue to run and ruin Dwarfstan by all means. The more support they get the better- when the inevitable collapse occurs the Dwarfstanians will only be able to blame themselves.

      • Mephisto

        yes, but do not forget, that even a bankrupt dwarfstan is still a heavily armed dwarfstan with nuclear weapons.

        • Alex George

          True, but you can’t do much with nukes. They have rarely accomplished anything for the countries that have them.

      • Scradje

        Kudrin would of course be a thousand times better than the minature chekist thug, but his expertise is fiscal. What makes you think he would do something helpful for the victims of Putlerstan; such as getting the f**k out of Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine?

        • Dagwood Bumstead

          If Kudrin had been pres instead of Pedo Putolini Dwarfstan would not have attacked Georgia in the first place, never mind invade the Crimea and the Donbas. As Finance Minister he repeatedly warned the dwarf that the country could not afford the huge sums the dwarf wanted to spend on the armed forces and security services, and was sacked.
          Unlike the dwarf who is a mere third-rate Chekist thug, Kudrin actually has brains and can think. He knows only too well that spending 33% of the State budget on the armed forces and security services is unsustainable and brings no long-term benefit to the country.

          • Scradje

            Agreed. But doesn’t he, as a lackey from SP, broadly share his ex-boss’s hateful colonial mindset? I’ve only ever been able to read his views about fiscal affairs,

          • Dagwood Bumstead

            I think Kudrin knows only too well that Dwarfstan simply can’t afford any colonies at all- not Transnistria, not Abkhazia, not South Ossetia, not the Crimea, not the so-called LNR and DNR and above all not the wars in Syria and the Donbas. He may not like the idea of giving them up but at the same time he knows that supporting them brings no benefit and actually harms Dwarfstan’s own development.

      • veth

        Ukraine’s large, medium-sized businesses post UAH 76 bln profit in 2016 against loss in 2015

        Ukrainian large and medium-sized enterprises, excluding banks, received UAH 75.651 billion, or US$2.8 billion, in profit before tax in 2016 against UAH 236.566 billion, or $8.8 billion, in loss in 2015, according to the Ukrainian State Statistics Service’s tentative data.

        20:30, 18 April 2017 7 The financial result of Ukraine’s profitable enterprises grew by 12.6%, to UAH 328.918 billion, while that of loss-making companies shrank by 52.1% over the year, to minus UAH 253.267 billion, the report said. Moreover, the share of unprofitable Ukrainian enterprises fell from 29.4% in 2015 to 26.5%. Read also Ukrainian banks post almost $140 mln in net profit in two months The State Statistics Service said that the data excluded reports from the temporarily occupied territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, as well as the Anti-Terrorist Operation zone. The service also noted they provided the preliminary data for 2016, whereas the final figures would be published in October 2017. As UNIAN reported earlier, Ukraine’s large and medium-sized enterprises, regardless of budget institutions, made a UAH 236.567 billion loss before tax in 2015.

    • Alex George

      I think it shows that regime change in Russia is not enough – Russia has to be weakened, so that whoever is im charge, they can’t do much.

      Fortunately, Putin’s policies combined with the sanctions he invites are doing just that,

  • Kruton

    Russians are crazy,nothing new here.

    • Tin Can

      Check out this lecture on the military aspect of the RuSSian invasion, from Institute of Modern War. Sound quality and lecture is good afteer 8 minute mark.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=14LMmBsDw-g

      • Alex George

        Excellent stuff, Tim, thank you.

        It has been a little bit overtaken by events, but still highly relevant.

  • veth

    Russians love fascism.

    • Andrew Chmile

      So do Jews & Turks.

  • zorbatheturk

    RuSSians are fools.