The number of Russian people who believe that the reunion with Crimea brought benefits for Russia decreased to 64% compared to 70% two years ago. The number of those who think that it’s harmful has risen from 18% to 23%.
This was reported by the Interfax agency with the reference to ‘Levada-Center’ data.
In the opinion of 41% of respondents, the money for integrating Crimea into the Russian Federation are taken “at the expense of funds for education, health, science, indexation of salaries and pensions.” At the same time, one third of respondents believe that the state allocates “income from the sale of oil and gas” for these purposes, without reducing expenditures on the social sphere, science, etc. (32%). Every tenth person (11%) believes that the money came from “private investment of Russian business,” the report says.
Expressing the opinion about the political future of certain areas of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions, 37% of Russians spoke out for the region to become an independent state. In 2014, there were 12% supporters of this opinion.
At the same time, twice as rarely Russians express a wish that the east of Ukraine becomes part of Russian Federation - 21% (compared to 48% in March 2014). Another 21% of respondents believe that it would be better if “this region remained part of Ukraine, but gained more independence from Kiev” (17% earlier). Only 7% would like “the region to remain part of Ukraine on the same terms as it was before the crisis” (8% earlier).
The survey was conducted on March 31-April 3 among 1,600 people aged from 18 years old in 137 towns and villages of 48 regions of the Russian Federation.
Earlier it was reported that Russian law enforcers arrest 60 people in Crimea, including journalist, lawyer
Police took away passports of these people and detained in “E” Center in Simferopol.