The main political and cultural events and heroes of 2023

Russians named the most memorable events, films, TV series and people of the past year.

In the survey, Russians named the most memorable events of the past year, the person of the year, popular TV series, feature films, the singer and the singer of 2023.

Of the events of the past year, Russians consider the most important increase in prices, utility tariffs and the exchange rate (38%). Another 25% called the announcement of Vladimir Putin’s participation in the presidential elections in 2024 such an event, and another 22% each referred to events such as the continuation of its own and the military conflict in the Middle East. Shooting attacks in Russian schools closes the top 5 events (21%).

53% of respondents named Vladimir Putin as the Person of the Year in 2023. 9% answered that Alexander Lukashenko could be called the person of the year, 8% each named Mikhail Mishustin and Sergey Lavrov. Russians also named Russian and foreign politicians (Valentina Matvienko, Donald Trump, etc.), heads of state (Kim Jong Un, Vladimir Zelensky, Emmanuel Macron, Ilham Aliyev, etc.), famous personalities (Elon Musk, etc.), athletes (figure skater Roman Kostomarov and tennis player Daniil Medvedev, etc.), popular performers (Alla Pugacheva, Taylor Swift, Shaman, etc.), another 1% of respondents named themselves or their acquaintances. It is worth noting that this question echoes the question of trust in politicians and public figures, but is not equal to it.

Last year’s person of the year (TOP 10 in recent measurements)

V. Putin31V. Putin33V. Putin26V. Putin48V. Putin53
V. Zelensky7M. Mishustin13A.Navalny5S. Lavrov8A. Lukashenko9
S. Lavrov6A. Lukashenko8S. Shoigu5M. Mishustin7M. Mishustin8
A. Lukashenko5S. Shoigu7S. Lavrov4A. Lukashenko7S. Lavrov8
S. Shoigu5A.Navalny5M. Mishustin4S. Shoigu7Xi Jinping7
D. Trump3S. Lavrov4A. Lukashenko4R. Kadyrov5E. Prigozhin5
S. Sobyanin2D. Trump3D. Muratov2V. Zhirinovsky5S. Shoigu4
V. Zhirinovsky2S. Furgal2I. Musk2V. Zelensky3V. Orban2
D. Medvedev2S. Sobyanin2A. Merkel2S. Surovikin2S. Sobyanin2
A. Navalny2I. Musk2V. Zhirinovsky2J. Biden2J. Biden2

Shaman became the singer of the Year this year (20%), Nikolai Baskov (4%), Philip Kirkorov (4%), Sergey Lazarev (2%) and Grigory Leps (2%) were also named

Polina Gagarina was named the best performer this year (6%). Anna Asti (3%), Valeria (3%), Klava Coca (3%) and Lolita (2%) also got into the top 5

In the first place among the series was the project “The Boy’s Word. Blood on the asphalt” (10%), followed by “Trace” (3%), Secrets of the investigation (2%), “Dog” (1%) and “Reckless Driver” (1%). About 16% of Russians replied that they do not watch TV series at all.

The five best TV series of last year (TOP series in recent measurements)

in 2014in 2015in 2017in 2021in 2023
FizrukQuiet DonSecrets of InvestigationThe Squid GameThe Boy’s Word. Blood on the asphalt
The house with liliesSecrets of InvestigationTraceTraceTrace
Silver SpoonTraceSerebryanyy borSecrets of InvestigationSecrets of Investigation
TraceThe Pregnancy testOlgaVertinskyThe dog
BratanUniverThe Game of thronesThe Medicine ManLikhach

The best films this year were: “Cheburashka” (6%), “Challenge” (5%), “At the behest of the Pike” (3%), “Oppenheimer” (2%), “Avatar\ Avatar 2” (1%).

In the rating of films, depending on the age group and the size of the settlement, “Barbie”, “The Lackey”, “Eternal Call”, “5 Nights at Freddie’s”, “Fast and Furious”, “The Last Hero” and “Guardians of the Galaxy 3” were also mentioned

The five best feature films of the past year (TOP in recent measurements)

in 2014in 2015in 2017in 2021in 2023
The HobbitStar Wars 7: The Force AwakensSalyut — 7Spider-Man: No Way HomeCheburashka
InterstellarThe Battle for SevastopolCrimeaThe SkyThe Challenge
The SunstrokeQuiet DonThe legend of KolovratThe Avengers: EndgameAt the behest of the pike
EkaterinaThe MartianMatildaVenom/Venom 2Oppenheimer
White nights of the postman
Andrey Tryapitsyn
LeviathanLast knightThe DuneAvatar\ Avatar 2


The survey by the Levada Center was conducted December 14 – 20 2023, among a representative sample of all Russian urban and rural residents. The sample consisted of 1606 people aged 18 or older in 137 municipalities of 50 regions of the Russian Federation. The survey was conducted as a personal interview in respondents’ homes. The distribution of responses is given as a percentage of the total number of respondents.

The statistical error of these studies for a sample 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%


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