President Vladimir Putin was talked about alongside the individuals, birches and bears, a ballot exhibits

Residents of Russia affiliate their nation with its nature and other people – and likewise its president, Vladimir Putin, a ballot performed by the state VTSIOM polling company has proven. Revealed on Nationwide Flag Day, the survey urged that individuals are inclined to hyperlink the phrase ‘Russia’ with the official nationwide symbols, the Russian individuals and their motherland. 

“Our fellow residents have solely optimistic associations with the phrase ‘Russia’,” the polling company mentioned in a press release, including that these embrace “nature, historical past, architectural landmarks, cities, animal, tradition and literature” amongst others. 

The largest group of respondents (12%) linked Russia to its nationwide symbols – the flag, emblem and nationwide anthem. Nearly as many individuals, a respective 11% and 10%, mentioned they affiliate it with ‘the individuals’ and ‘residence.’ Round 7% of Russians named Putin because the image of Russia and simply as many talked about the nation’s nature, such because the birch tree or Siberia’s Lake Baikal, the largest freshwater lake on the earth.   

The ballot confirmed that younger Russians are inclined to affiliate their nation with Putin extra intently than their older compatriots. Amongst these aged between 18 and 24, 10% noticed Putin because the image of Russia. The bear was named by simply 5% of respondents. 

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On Monday, Putin addressed the nation on Nationwide Flag Day and mentioned that the flag “remained Russia’s image in troublesome, difficult intervals of its historical past,” together with World Struggle I and “the contradictory, arduous Nineties” that adopted the collapse of the Soviet Union. 

The flag has grow to be “a logo of the unity of our individuals and their devotion to the Fatherland and readiness to uphold nationwide pursuits,” the president mentioned, including that it “symbolizes our religion in our conventional values that we are going to by no means hand over – reality and justice, solidarity and mercy, and respect for Russia’s centuries-long uninterrupted historical past.”

Russia is a “sturdy, unbiased world energy” that’s “dedicated” to defending its nationwide pursuits and won’t “allow any international hegemony or diktat,” he added. His phrases got here amid the continuing Russian navy operation in Ukraine, which has led to unprecedented tensions between Moscow and the West. The US and its allies in Europe and elsewhere have subjected Russia to harsh sanctions. 

Russia despatched troops into Ukraine on February 24, citing Kiev’s failure to implement the Minsk agreements, designed to offer the areas of Donetsk and Lugansk particular standing throughout the Ukrainian state. The protocols, brokered by Germany and France, had been first signed in 2014. Former Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko has since admitted that Kiev’s fundamental aim was to make use of the ceasefire to purchase time and “create highly effective armed forces.”

In February 2022, the Kremlin acknowledged the Donbass republics as unbiased states and demanded that Ukraine formally declare itself a impartial nation that may by no means be a part of any Western navy bloc. Kiev insists the Russian offensive was fully unprovoked.

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