More than half of Russians (51%) say Moscow should intervene in neighboring countries when there are threats to ethnic Russians, according to Pew Research and national censuses.
At the same time, 36% of respondents say there should be no interference in the international affairs of neighboring countries, RFE/RL reported.
Another 12% remain undecided on the issue, the polls say.
The publication reports on proportions of ethnic Russians in countries neighboring Russia with the largest Russian populations, noting that the most significant share is in Latvia (25.6%). Estonia has 24.9%, Kazakhstan has 23.7%, then goes Ukraine with 17.3% and Belarus with 8.3%.