Memorable Events

This survey took place between January 25–31, 2019 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 136 localities of 52 of the country’s regions. The survey was conducted as a personal interview in respondents’ homes. The answer distribution is presented as a percentage of the number of participants.

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%

WHICH EVENTS IN THE LAST FOUR WEEKS HAVE BEEN MOST MEMORABLE FOR YOU? (respondents named the events THEMSELVES and could name more than one; ranked in descending order)

  Jan. 19
The natural gas explosions in apartment blocks in Magnitogorsk and Rostovskaya Oblast 25
New Year and the Old New Year 16
Price increases (VAT raised to 20%) 8
Private events in respondents’ lives 8
Crashes and catastrophes (traffic collisions, plane crashes, fires, fake bomb threats) 6
The political situation in Venezuela 6
Events in Ukraine and Donbass 4
Orthdox Christmas and Epiphany 4
Weather events (freezing temperatures, snowfalls, poor snow removal) 3
Vladimir Putin’s meetings with leaders of other countries 3
Pension reform 2
Sports events (World Figure Skating Championships, Kontinental Hockey League, etc.) 2
Talks between Vladimir Putin and Shinzo Abe concerning the Kurill Islands 2
75th anniversary of the end of the Siege of Leningrad 2
New legislative initiatives (bill on “insulting the government,” paid registration for devices with access to social networks, etc.) 1
“Yellow jacket” protests in France 1
Events in Syria (troop withdrawal, establishing order) 1
Activities of regional leaders (elections, appointments of new regional heads) 1
The theft of the painting “Ai-Petri. Crimea” by Arkhip Kuindzhi from the Tretyakov Gallery 1
Other regional events 4
Other events 4
No memorable events 15
It is difficult to say 14

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

The ANO Levada Center has been included in the registry of non-commercial organizations acting as foreign agents. Read the Director of the Levada Center’s statement of disagreement with this decision here.


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