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    90% of Russians won't protest against Putin

    An overwhelming majority of Russians polled by the independent Levada Center have said that they are unwilling to take part in political protests.

    Mass political protests are unlikely to break out in the next year, largely due to President Vladimir Putin’s high approval rating, according to an influential Minchenko Consulting Group report released this month. The report was published after opposition leader Alexei Navalny called for nationwide protests on May 5, two days ahead of President Vladimir Putin’s inauguration.

    Eighty-six percent of Russians surveyed by Levada late last month said they would not participate in political protests, against 8 percent who said they would.

    Another 88 percent said they have not noticed any protests taking place in their town or district over the past several months.

    “The polls most likely indicate that people don’t see any protests, while local demonstrations simply remain unnoticed by the majority,” Levada sociologist Denis Volkov told the RBC business portal on Monday.

    Referring to protests after the deadly mall fire in Kemerovo and anti-landfill demonstrations outside Moscow, Volkov said that “people are more likely to seek answers from the authorities than make political demands.”

    “There are problems, but there is no inclination to blame the central government, especially if the authorities try to respond and at least partially satisfy the demands of citizens,” he was cited as saying.

    The results track with past Levada surveys, which found that four-fifths of Russians would not have protested the March 2018 presidential elections, while just one-third of Muscovites who voted against a controversial housing demolition program said they would participate in street protests.

    The latest survey was conducted among 1,600 Russians in 52 Russian regions between March 23 and March 27.
    Nearly 90% of Russians Are Unwilling to Protest, Poll Says

    It's true, most protests there, these days, are local, about local issues, against local governments. Few people are interested in protesting against the Kremlin itself.

    It's the traditional Russian mentality.

    Blame all issues on the boyare, the local aristocrats and officials, while the Tsar himself is a blameless, almost divine figure, whom the peasants implore to strike down from his throne and punish those nasty boyare for mistreating the common people.

    I have actually seen, at one protest in Volokolamsk, near Moscow, where people have been railing against a huge garbage dumping site in the area that is poisoning their air, a sign that "We trust only Putin!"

    Crazy...
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    Doesn't surprise me. Look at what happened to this protester.

    Russian reporter Borodin dead after mystery fall - BBC News

    And that's just one of many examples.
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    90% of Russians won't protest against Putin

    Not if they know what's good for them.

    Although, my guess is that far less are willing to protest anything in the US either. Can you imagine 10% of the US taking to the streets to protest something? It would be 10 times bigger than the largest protest in history!
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    Quote Originally Posted by RNG View Post
    Doesn't surprise me. Look at what happened to this protester.

    Russian reporter Borodin dead after mystery fall - BBC News

    And that's just one of many examples.
    Yep, i wrote all about that here: Journalist killed for investigating "Wagner"

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Man View Post
    Nearly 90% of Russians Are Unwilling to Protest, Poll Says

    It's true, most protests there, these days, are local, about local issues, against local governments. Few people are interested in protesting against the Kremlin itself.

    It's the traditional Russian mentality.

    Blame all issues on the boyare, the local aristocrats and officials, while the Tsar himself is a blameless, almost divine figure, whom the peasants implore to strike down from his throne and punish those nasty boyare for mistreating the common people.

    I have actually seen, at one protest in Volokolamsk, near Moscow, where people have been railing against a huge garbage dumping site in the area that is poisoning their air, a sign that "We trust only Putin!"

    Crazy...
    Mr. Man,

    The 10% who said they would protest could not be reached for comment as they had all taken an extended vacation to Siberia.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kallie Knoetze View Post
    Mr. Man,

    The 10% who said they would protest could not be reached for comment as they had all taken an extended vacation to Siberia.
    Don’t ever be the first to stop applauding for Russia's dictator..




    The Men Who Wouldn't Stop Clapping - History by the Slice
    When people were afraid to stop clapping for Stalin, they had good reason.
    Here is how the Nobel Prize-winning writer Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn described the surreal scene in his great book, The Gulag Archipelago:

    “The applause went on—six, seven, eight minutes! They were done for! Their goose was cooked! They couldn’t stop now till they collapsed with heart attacks! At the rear of the hall, which was crowded, they could of course cheat a bit, clap less frequently, less vigorously, not so eagerly…Nine minutes! Ten!…Insanity! To the last man! With make-believe enthusiasm on their faces, looking at each other with faint hope, the district leaders were just going to go on and on applauding till they fell where they stood, till they were carried out of the hall on stretchers.”

    At last, after eleven minutes of non-stop clapping, the director of a paper factory finally decided enough was enough. He stopped clapping and sat down—a miracle! “To a man, everyone else stopped dead and sat down,” Solzhenitsyn says.

    That same night, the director of the paper factory was arrested and sent to prison for ten years. Authorities came up with some official reason for his sentence, but during his interrogation, he was told: “Don’t ever be the first to stop applauding!”
    ..snip..
    Last edited by Tedminator; 16th April 2018 at 01:28 PM.
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