Volunteer fighters

The survey took place between 24 and 27 October 2014 and was conducted throughout all of Russia in both urban and rural settings. The survey was carried out among 1600 people age 18 and over in 134 localities of 46 of the country’s regions. The answer distribution is presented as percentages of the number of participants along with data from previous surveys. The statistical error of these studies does not exceed 3.4%.  

HAVE YOU HEARD REPORTS THAT PARATROOPERS OF THE PSKOV AIRBORNE DIVISION HAVE BEEN KILLED AND WOUNDED IN FIGHTING ON UKRAINIAN TERRITORY?

 

Sep.14

Oct.14

Yes, I have heard and read a lot about it

7

8

Yes, I heard about it, but without details

39

35

No, I have not heard about it

50

52

It is difficult to say

4

5

WITH WHICH OF THE FOLLOWING OPINIONS REGARDING THESE REPORTS WOULD YOU AGREE MOST?

 

Sep.14

Oct.14

They were military personnel, sent there by commanding officers

12

14

They were volunteer fighters, who independently went to aid militias

in eastern Ukraine

37

29

This is a “decoy,” disinformation from the Internet

23

24

It is difficult to say

28

33

WHAT IS YOUR ATTITUDE TOWARD THE FACT THAT RUSSIAN NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS ARE CURRENTLY COMPILING A LIST OF RUSSIAN SOLDIERS AND OFFICERS WHO DIED OR WERE WOUNDED WITHIN RECENT MONTHS?

Positive, we should know the truth about the death of Russian soldiers and whether they are connected with military operations in eastern Ukraine

41

Not very positive, it may hurt Russia in the current political situation

14

Negative, they are engaging in anti-Russian activity

9

 In general, I do not believe that our soldiers are dying in Ukraine

12

Other

1

It is difficult to say

23

WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THE ARREST—ON CHARGES OF FRAUD—OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST AND LEADER OF THE NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION "MOTHERS OF PRIKUMYA," WHO HAS COMPILED LISTS OF RUSSIAN SOLIDERS AND OFFICERS WHO DIED OR WERE WOUNDED WITHIN RECENT MONTHS?

She was taken into custody without any legal basis because she compiled these lists

13

She most likely actually committed fraud

12

She was taken into custody because she engaged in anti-Russian activity

12

They most likely caught her on some violations of the law, but she was taken into custody because she compiled these lists

9

Other

1

It is difficult to say

53

IF YOUR SON DECIDED TO GO FIGHT IN SUPPORT OF THE MILITIAS IN EASTERN UKRAINE, HOW WOULD YOU FEEL ABOUT THIS?

I would support his decision

13

I would try to dissuade him or prevent this trip

68

It is difficult to say

19

Translated by the Graduate Initiative in Russian Studies, Monterey Institute of International Studies.