Russia on the Ground – February, 2016

Ekaterina Andreeva, of First Channel, is one of Russia's most iconic news anchors. Most Russians watch TV news, but few trust it fully.

Russia on the Ground
February, 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.


Russian Suicide Rates Continue to Fall
New figures show that the number of suicides in Russia has dropped to its lowest level in 50 years. It’s still one of the highest rates in the world, however.


Hundreds of Banks Purged from Russian Economy
Moscow’s Central Bank has proven a remarkably powerful force in redesigning Russia’s economy.

Russian Monotowns: Economy “Unbearable”
A total of 59.8 percent of residents of Russia’s single-industry towns consider their socio-economic situation to be unbearable or hardly bearable, according to a poll commissioned by the Federal Guard Service.

Russia on Track to be Top Grain Exporter in 2016
Growth will come from expanding the areas currently under cultivation. Transportation reforms will also support industry growth.

Internship in RussiaPublic Opinion

Russians Still Get News From TV But Fewer Trust It
80% of Russians get their news from television but only 41% trust it, down from 79% in 2008.

Russians Favor a Planned Economy
This link (in Russian), shows that Russians favoring a Soviet-style economy outnumber those that favor Russia’s current economy or western-style development.

Russian Unemployment Expected to Rise
Most major cooperation in Russia are planning job cuts as the economic crisis continues.

81% of Russians Feel Russian Army Can Defend Against Any Force
The research was conducted by the independent polling service Levada Center in January, 2016. The number is up from 60% in 2014.

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.