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Crimea accession : Poll

The center has published data on how, Russians think, people opposed to Crimea joining Russia should be regarded.

Source : Tatar Inform with Itar Tass / 18 Apr 2014

Fifty nine percent of Russians think that the state should not condemn people disapproving of Crimea’s accession to Russia, Russian Public Opinion Research Centre (VCIOM) reports.

The center has published data on how, Russians think, people opposed to Crimea joining Russia should be regarded.

The state and society should not condemn people disapproving of Crimea joining Russia, more than half of Russian residents hold. The view is more often found among residents in Moscow and Saint-Petersburg (66 percent) than among residents in medium-sized cities (52 percent).

Twenty five percent of the respondents think the type of behaviour needs to be punished. Fifteen of them state that those opposed to Crimea joining Russia need to be harshly criticised. The opinion is most frequent among the supporters of the Communist party (22 percent).

Five percent of interviewees suggest fining people opposed to the dominant viewpoint. Another five percent flatly state that the group of people needs to be criminally prosecuted.

According to Russians, people who disagree with Russia’s official stance on Crimea can express their views in the media: newspapers, TV or radio (36 percent) and the internet (35 percent). The view is advocated by residents in the both capitals, 49 and 51 percent respectively.

Twenty five percent see nothing reproachable in the type of people voicing their position at rallies and demonstrations. Fifteen percent of interviewees think they can offer their arguments in leaflets and brochures, while 22 percent are convinced that the opinion that differs from the official one should only be discussed with relatives and friends in private conversations.

The VCIOM poll was conducted on 22-23 March, 2014. A total of 1,600 people in 130 inhabited areas of 42 Russian regions were interviewed. The statistical error margin is 3.4 percent.

The majority of Germans recognize the accession of Crimea to Russia. At the same time, most of them also view the West’s response as appropriate.

The public opinion poll was conducted by TNS Research at the request of Der Spiegel.

According to 54 percent of the German respondents, the West should recognize Crimea’s accession as something that has already happened.

Meanwhile, 55 percent of those questioned said that they agree to a certain extent that Russian President Vladimir Putin views Ukraine, notably the Crimean peninsula, as a zone of Russian influence.

At the same time, 60 percent of the respondents stated that they believe the West's reaction to Russia’s actions are adequate.

In contrast, another 34 percent answered that the US and the EU’s introduction of sanctions was “excessive.”

The majority of the population in Crimea are ethnic Russians and Russian speakers. In 1954, a controversial decision of Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev, himself an ethnic Ukrainian, transferred the Crimea peninsula to the Ukrainian SSR, extracting it from Russian territory.

Following the breakup of the Soviet Union, Khrushchev’s “gift” has been widely criticized by many Russians, including the majority of those living in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea.


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