Russia on the Ground – January, 2016

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Russia on the Ground
January, 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

Half of Russians Think ‘Hardest Times’ Ahead – Poll
Only 19 percent of respondents said that the country has already survived its toughest times, while 22 percent claimed it was doing so right now.

Russia’s “Special” Democracy
When asked whether their country is a democracy, Russians struggle to find a comprehensive answer.

Internship in RussiaExplaining “Paradoxes” in Russian Polling
Sometimes sociological surveys capture paradoxical results. For example, for some reason Russians on the whole feel happier when they are poorer and many people that claim to be Orthodox Christians do not go to church and do not believe in God.

Chechen Leader Losing Popularity Among Russians – Poll
Kadyrov’s “respect” and “sympathy” has fallen by half since last year.

How Russians See Themselves and Russia’s Role in the World
Two-thirds of people in Russia believe that Russia’s influence in the world has been growing in recent years.


Russians’ Real Wages Fall 9.5% in 2015
In December 2015, real wages of Russians dropped 10 percent when compared to the same month in 2014, according to Rosstat data. The average monthly salary in Russia last year was 30,311 rubles.

Interview with German Gref, CEO of one of Russia’s Largest Banks.
Mr Gref says three “black swans” hit Russia. The most damaging, in his view is Russia’s long failure to modernize its economy.

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.