“The image of the authorities has deteriorated dramatically”. Sociologists believe that Russia has increased the potential for protest

About half of Russian citizens believe that the situation in the country could lead to major social and political upheavals, in particular the mass protests. About it it is spoken in the report of the independent research group Sergey Belanovsky. As noted by “Vedomosti”, Belanovsky was one of the researchers, which was able to predict protests in Russia in 2011-2012.

“The trend of negative attitudes towards the Federal government, which began to take shape back in 2011 and re-emerged after the “Crimean break” in 2018, in 2020 was greatly enhanced pandemic coronavirus infection,” the study says.

Sociologists came to the conclusion that “the image of the authorities in the mass consciousness deteriorated”. “Propaganda has ceased to operate and causes more and more rejection, and the main object of negative statements was the President himself Vladimir Putin. The main claim to him – that he has not lived up to the expectations of hopes and built a state system that does not work” – write “Vedomosti”.

In comments to the newspaper, the press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov saidthat the Kremlin had not yet seen the report. At the same time, he acknowledged that “there are certain implications of problems experienced by the citizens.” “There are consequences of the pandemic situation, which has consequences for the economy. These effects are clearly visible,” – said Peskov.

Mass protests in Russia in 2011-2013, started after the elections to the state Duma of the VI convocation (December 2011) and presidential elections, which once again won by Vladimir Putin (March 2012). According to the opposition, voting was accompanied by mass violations, and the election results were falsified. During the protests security forces several times harshly dispersed the activists, in particular on Bolotnaya square in Moscow.

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