Memorable events

This survey was carried out December 12–18, 2019 with a representative sample of all Russian urban and rural residents. The sample comprised 1608 people age 18 or older from 137 localities in 50 regions of the Russian Federation. 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) *

  Dec. 19
“Normandy Four” summit, talks between Zelensky and Putin (within the framework of the summit) 14
The death of the former mayor of Moscow, Yury Luzhkov 8
Russia’s exclusion from international sporting competitions, the doping scandal 6
Traffic accidents, emergencies 6
Sporting events (hockey, figure skating, soccer) 3
Events in Ukraine (separation of forces in Donbass, the presidential administration of Zelensky) 2
Other regional events (including the opening of railroad section of the Crimean Bridge) 2
Government sector initiatives (key rate decrease, raising the question of mortgage credit, etc.) 2
New Year’s preparations 2
Meeting of Putin and Lukashenko 2
New regional leaders, resignations (resignation of Sergei Levchenko, governor of the Irkutsk region) 2
Vladimir Putin: meetings, events (forgiving African countries’ debts, meeting with Erdogan, speech at the 50th anniversary of the KAMAZ automobile plant) 2
Medvedev’s press conference 2
Trials against participants in the “Moscow Case,” protests in different Russia cities, new inquiry into Navalny 1
International events (Brexit, strikes in France, preparations for the US presidential campaign) 1
Fire on the Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov 1
Natural disasters (strong hurricane in Turkey, aftermath of the flooding in the Irkutsk region) 1
Urban improvements, the improvement/worsening of urban infrastructure 1
Weather (snow, frost, unseasonable weather) 1
Price increases, living standard decline, salary withholding 1
War in Syria 1
Opening of the Power of Siberia export pipeline for natural gas 1
Vacation, holidays 1
Personal events in respondents’ lives 8
Other events (meeting of Trump and Lavrov, sanctions against Russia) 4
No memorable events 22
It is difficult to say 23

* The list of events does not include Vladimir Putin’s press conference because survey field work was carried out before December 18. 

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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