Survey: 34 percent of Russians say Savchenko should’ve served time in Russia
Research was conducted by Russian think-tank ‘Levada centre’
56 percent of those surveyed said Ukrainian Nadiya Savchenko should have been exchanged on Russian servicemen detained in Ukraine, just like it happened (Kommersant). About one-third (34 percent) believe Savchenko should have served her time in Russian prison (as is known, the Russian court had sentenced her to 22 years in penal colony, but she was pardoned and exchanged for two servicemen of Russian military intelligence, - 112 Ukraine). Ten percent of the respondents failed to choose any of the options.
According to CEO of ‘Levada centre’ Alexei Grazhdankin, in Moscow, the number of those who supported the exchange of prisoners reached 62 percent, while the number of those who had doubts was lower than that in other Russian cities. Men with low incomes most often opposed the idea to exchange Savchenko on Russian citizens.
In late May 2016, when Savchenko returned to Ukraine, the number of those who disliked Ukraine fell significantly (from 63 to 47 percent). “Some Russian citizens understand that since Savchenko was released, there’s no full confidence about her guilt”.
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