Some 25 years after the Soviet Union’s collapse, the majority of Russians say they regret that it happened. An April 19 Interfax report discussed the statistics, which were derived from a Levada Center survey (Trumpet translation throughout):
More than half of Russians believe that the Soviet Union’s collapse could have been avoided (51 percent) and regret that it happened (56 percent) .… The majority of respondents (58 percent) said they would welcome the revival of the Soviet Union and the socialist system, while 44 percent said that currently it is unrealistic. At the same time, one in three (31 percent) said they would not want to rebuild the old Soviet socialist system.
Alexey Mukhin, ceo at the Center for Political Information, commented on the survey in an interview with Vestnik Kavkaza:
People are used to living in a consumer society; they remember about the deficit, queues and certainly don’t regret it. In addition, the rejuvenation process plays its role. It gave us a lot of number of people who don’t remember the Soviet Union, all its benefits.
The government of President Vladimir Putin has said that he views the collapse of the Soviet Union as “the greatest geopolitical tragedy of the 20th century.” He has been working to reverse this tragedy in part by reviving many relics of the Soviet era, including the Intervision Song Contest, a military prep fitness program, the “Hero of Socialist Labor” award, and a grip on domestic media that would earn a hat tip from Comrade Josef Stalin himself.
The new Levada poll shows that these efforts are paying dividends among Russia’s population. ▪
Full article: More Than Half of Russians Want the Soviet Union Resurrected (The Trumpet)