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MOLOTOV-RIBBENTROP PACT

This survey took place between 18-22 August 2017 and was conducted throughout all of Russia in both urban and rural settings. The survey was carried out among 1600 people over the age of 18 in 137 localities of 48 of the country’s regions. The survey was conducted as a personal interview in respondents’ homes. The answer distribution is presented as percentages of the number of participants along with data from previous surveys.

The statistical error of these studies for a selection of 1600 people (with a probability of 0.95) does not exceed:

3.4% for indicators around 50%
2.9% for indicators around 25%/75%
2.0% for indicators around 10%/90%
1.5% for indicators around 5%/95%

HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT THE SECRET PROTOCOL APPENDED TO THE GERMAN-SOVIET NONAGGRESSION PACT (MOLOTOV-RIBBENTROP PACT) OF 1939, WHICH MADE PROVISIONS FOR THE DIVISION OF POLAND AND THE DIVISION OF EUROPE INTO SPHERES OF INFLUENCE?

Feb. 05 Jul. 09 Aug. 10 Jul. 14 Mar. 15 Aug. 17
I heard about it and think it really exists 43 38 36 39 38 40
I heard about it, but think it is not true 9 11 11 14 17 17
I haven’t heard about it 31 39 41 33 32 33
I don’t know anything about it/It is difficult to say 17 13 12 14 13 11

DO YOU APPROVE OR DISAPPROVE OF STALIN’S DECISION TO SIGN THE GERMAN-SOVIET NONAGGRESSION PACT?

Aug. 17
Fully approve 13
Somewhat approve 32
Somewhat oppose 12
Fully oppose 5
I don’t know anything about it/It is difficult to say 38

DO YOU SUPPORT OR OPPOSE THE SIGNING OF THE GERMAN-SOVIET NONAGGRESSION PACT?

  Feb. 05 Jul. 09 Aug. 10 Jul. 14 Mar. 15
Fully support 14 11 9 13 19
Somewhat support 26 23 24 32 31
Somewhat oppose 18 17 17 15 10
Fully oppose 6 6 5 3 3
I don’t know anything about it/It is difficult to say 37 44 46 38 38

DO YOU KNOW WHAT HAPPENED IN THE WORLD 65 YEARS AGO ON SEPTEMBER 17, 1939? (Respondents provided the event’s name themselves and were able to name more than one event)

Sep. 04 Aug. 14 Aug. 17
World War II began 21 43 29
Poland was divided between Nazi Germany and the USSR through a secret agreement (Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact) 12 10 11
The Great Patriotic War began 3 5 7
The USSR reached out to help the people of Western Ukraine/Belarus 4 4 8
Other 2 <1 2
I don’t know/I don’t remember 59 39 45

Translated by Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (formerly  Monterey Institute of International Studies).

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