Russia on the Ground – April, 2016

A Russian wheat harvest near the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk

Russia on the Ground
April, 2016

RASP-BlueThis resource serves to track domestic news inside Russia – focusing primarily on demographics, public opinion, economy, and major domestic political events inside Russia.

It is intended to give students who are otherwise following major issues and events within Russia greater context from which to view those issues and events. This resource lists useful but often under-reported information that can help build a pragmatic and objective view of Russia’s domestic situation.


Public Opinion

Putin’s Approval Rating Remains at 82%
The opinion that the country is generally heading in the right direction is held by 50 percent of Russians; 32 percent are of the opposite opinion, and 19 percent are undecided.

Growing Number of Russians Think State Has Failed Citizens – Poll
The number of Russians who believe the state is failing in its duties to citizens has increased to 39 percent from 28 percent a year ago.

Most Russians Think Government Corruption Is ‘Unacceptable’ – Poll
The poll also revealed that 56 percent of those surveyed believe that corruption and bribery in Russia can be significantly reduced.

Half of Russians Fear Possible Terrorist Attacks at Home
64 percent of those surveyed believe that the attacks can be prevented by the professional work of the security services.

Poll: Majority of Russians want Lenin’s Body Buried
However, 52 percent of respondents view the current situation as ‘normal’ or even ‘good’.

Poll: Most Russians Regret Collapse of USSR
56 percent say they view the history as negative, with 28 percent claiming their sentiments are entirely positive and 16 percent deeming the question too complex to give an unambiguous answer.

Majority of Russians “Hope for God’s Help”
Sixty-seven percent of the respondents said they hope for God’s help in their daily life to a certain extent, which is a 18 percent increase from 1991.

Russians Largely Against Planned Privatizations
The poll found that while 60% knew of the government plans to some degree, only 20% approved of the idea when informed, and 68% opposed it.

Poll: Economic Pessimism Growing in Russia
The percentage of those believing that the situation will improve within 1-2 years have nearly halved to 11.8 per cent from just over 22 per cent a year ago.

Domestic Politics

Putin’s Golden Ticket: The New National Guard
An excellent overview of what Russia’s new National Guard will consist of.

Welcome to the New Moscow
Today, Europe’s biggest metropolis is undergoing rapid change. It is becoming more open and more cosmopolitan, despite Putin’s nationalism.

In Russia, Young Communists See Moment to Vie for Power
Under the impact of economic crisis and impatient with ‘mutant capitalism’ dominated by Kremlin cronies, younger members of the Communist Party say they could provide an alternative to “Putinism.”

Problems Fixed All Over Russia After Appeals on Putin’s Show
In just one day, roads of a Siberian city were repaired, swindled fishery workers got wads of cash and a child prodigy was invited to go to a Crimean summer camp.

Internship in RussiaEconomy

Russian Investment Falls
Only agriculture has seen significant investment increases. Nearly all other fields have fallen significantly.

Russian Stocks Hit All-time High
The Russian MICEX index has set a new record high reaching 1971 points at the opening of trade on Thursday.

Russia to Return to Long-term Budget Plan
Russia will return to 3-year budgets based on oil priced between $25 and $40.

Former Yukos Owners Lose Appeal
A ruling awarding the former owners $50 billion in damages from the Russian state is overturned in a Dutch court.

Ford Mulls New Russia Investment
Ford has invested $1.5 Billion in Russia to-date. As sales jump 93% in an apparent recovery of the Russian car market, they may invest more.

Russia Becomes World’s Leading Wheat Exporter
Russia’s position as a leading wheat exporter in 2016 was reported by The Wall Street Journal in February, citing data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

About the Author

Josh Wilson
Josh Wilson is the Assistant Director for The School of Russian and Asian Studies (SRAS) and Communications Director for Alinga Consulting Group. In those capacities, he has been managing publications and informative websites covering geopolitics, history, business, economy, and politics in Eurasia since 2003. He is based in Moscow, Russia. For SRAS, he also assists in program development and leads the Home and Abroad Programs.