Embarrassing numbers leaked for Putin

A poll commissioned by the Kremlin for Putin reveals, among other things, that Russians do not trust the fairness of elections.

According to a poll commissioned by the Kremlin, Putin’s support is nowhere near the level of official figures. Sergey Babilev/Kremlin/Pool, EPA/AOP

A secret Kremlin report obtained by several European media outlets reveals what Russians really think of the president Vladimir Putinist And the war in Ukraine. The Swedish newspaper published this report among others Express and the International Network of Investigative Journalists Vsquare.

The leak, known as the Kremlin Leaks, contains a Russian government-commissioned poll on Putin’s popularity.

More than 44,000 people from all over Russia except Moscow took part in the poll. It was held in February, a few weeks before Russia’s showpiece election.


Vladimir Putin won 88.4 percent of the vote in the March election, according to official results. Putin’s actual support is significantly lower, at about 59 percent, according to a survey conducted by the Kremlin.

In Putin’s hometown of St. Petersburg, only 47 percent of respondents said they would vote for Putin.

According to the survey, less than half of respondents, 41 percent, believed the election results were credible.

The leak reveals that the Kremlin conducts a similar survey every month. Experts who commented on the report to Vsquare said that the Kremlin conducts such secret investigations purely for Putin, not for the country.

The poll also reveals Russians’ support for a war of aggression in Ukraine has declined.

At the beginning of the war, 77 percent of Russians supported the attack, but in the latest poll, 62 percent. At the same time, opposition to the war rose to 24 percent.

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When Russians were asked what kind of country they want Russia to be in 10-15 years, 27 percent said they believed in an efficient government. Only 14 percent of respondents believed in democracy.

The situation will not change

A Russian political scientist and PhD researcher at the Estonian Center for Security Research commented on the results of the report to Vsquare Igor Gretzky He said the Kremlin may have been satisfied with the polls.

A large part of Russian society still supports and believes in Putin and the war in Ukraine.

Gretskiy assesses that, from the Kremlin’s point of view, the situation in Ukraine’s militarily important border areas is fully under control.

Putin is now buying people’s trust with money. According to Gretzky, the Kremlin’s aid to the soldiers’ families was sufficient enough that the families did not begin to question the rationale of the war.

The situation will not change in the future, but according to Gretzky, Putin will rule Russia until the state money is sufficient to maintain the people’s living standards and meet the demands of the power elite and the needs of the Ministry of Defense.

When the results of the March show election were announced, Putin walked in front of the audience with satisfaction. Reuters

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