Russians Say Soviet Rule Was ‘Closer to People’ Than Current Regime – Poll

Russians are more likely to view the late Brezhnev era of the Soviet Union as “close to the people” than they are President Vladimir Putin’s Russia, according to a survey by the independent Levada Center pollster.

Russians have expressed increasingly positive opinions about the Soviet Union over the years, with nostalgia toward the U.S.S.R. and Stalin hitting record highs in recent months. Putin’s popularity has meanwhile been lagging amid widespread poverty and controversial pension reforms.

According to Levada’s results published Monday, 29% of Russian respondents described late 1970s-early 1980s Soviet rule as “close to people” when offered a list of choices.

A quarter of the respondents said Soviet rule was “strong and enduring,” 22% called it “just” and 20% “legitimate.”

When asked to characterize Russia’s current leadership, 41% called it “criminal and corrupt” and 31% called it “distant from the people and alien.” 

Another 24% called the regime “bureaucratic,” 19% “shortsighted” and 15% “inconsistent.”

Lev Gudkov, the head of Levada, said the poll’s methodology “weakens the respondents’ ability for conformist self-control” in comments to the Vedomosti business daily.

Levada conducted the survey among 1,608 respondents between June 27 and July 4.


  1. “When asked to characterize Russia’s current leadership, 41% called it “criminal and corrupt”

    So when will these 41% get off their backsides and do something about it?

  2. Me and Red agreed not to use source logos, since he will put automated ads on the bottom to help UA vets soon.

    Just write (c) Moscow Times or something. 😀

  3. Once Stalin found a coffin to nap in, the Soviet guvment became more approachable. The population today is not old enough to remember the attrocities commited and those old enough don’t want to open that closet door. AHH, but to return to the Breznev and Gorby years. They were great. Lines waiting to get bread, another line to get eggs or produce and of course another line to get meat. But no line to get vodka. Things were great and the parties we had. AHH, to go back! How many floors down in the cesspit memories to go?

  4. They don’t seem to like to ask too many people when they Poll, one suspects they always ask the same 1000 odd People.

  5. A week’s vacation in a Soviet-era gulag would cure any loving tendencies straight away for this murderous system.

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