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This survey was carried out 24–27 April, 2020 with a representative sample of the Russian population. The sample comprised 1608 people age 18 or older. The survey was conducted by means of computer-assisted telephone interviews (CATI) through random digit dialing (RDD) of mobile and landlines. The statistical error of these studies does not exceed 2.4%. The distribution of answers is presented as a percentage of the total number of respondents.

DO YOU RECALL IF IN THE PAST FIVE YEARS YOUR RIGHTS WERE VIOLATED?

Yes 30
No 67
It is difficult to answer 3

IN YOUR OPINION, HOW EASY IS IT FOR AN ORDINARY PERSON IN RUSSIA TO DEFEND THEIR RIGHTS?

Fairly easy 3
Difficult, but possible 59
Practically impossible 34
It is difficult to answer 4

HAVE YOU ASKED FOR HELP FROM…?

I have I have not It is difficult to answer
the police, law enforcement 30 70 <1
lawyers, attorneys 29 71 <1
the courts 17 83 <1
representatives, the president, human rights commissioner during office hours 9 91 <1
human rights advocates, human rights organizations 8 92 1

WAS YOUR ISSUE RESOLVED UPON CONSULTING…?

Yes, fully Yes, partly No It is difficult to answer
lawyers, attorneys (458 respondents) 47 26 26 1
human rights activists, human rights organizations (128 respondents) 40 23 35 2
the courts (174 respondents) 42 18 37 3
the police, law enforcement (479 respondents) 34 17 47 2
representatives, the president, human rights commissioner during office hours (145 respondents) 27 17 53 3

WHY DID YOU NOT TURN TO HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVISTS, HUMAN RIGHTS ORGANIZATIONS FOR HELP (% of those who DID NOT contact them)

I do not know anything about them 8
They cannot help 9
I do not trust them 8
It was not necessary 70
Other 3
It is difficult to answer 1

HOW WOULD YOU ADVISE A PERSON WHOSE RIGHTS ARE VIOLATED (% of those that feel it is possible to defend their rights) ?

turn to human rights activists, lawyers 53
bring their complaints, requests, and claims to the authorities 39
bring attention to their problem through media and protests 20
resolve the problem with the help of personal contacts, favors, and bribes 11
Other 6
It is difficult to answer 6

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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