Almost half of Russians praise Stalin - poll

11:00, 15 February 2017

In Russia, the number of people sympathetic to the Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin broke the 16-year historical maximum, according a survey by Levada Center, RBC reports.


It is noted that 46% of respondents say they "worship", "respect" and "sympathize" Stalin, according to RBC.

At the same time, the Russians’ attitude toward Leonid Brezhnev has improved over the past 11 years – from 39% to 47% of a positive attitude rate.

Vladimir Putin’s approval ratings have boosted from 76% to 83%.

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As UNIAN reported earlier, the majority of Russians have a "bad" or "very bad" attitude toward Ukraine, at the same time failing to perceive it as a foreign country. At the same time, the majority of Russians do not believe that Belarus is a foreign land, either.

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