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Record Number of Russians Want Socialism Back

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“Pioneer! Learn how to fight for the working class!” (Soviet poster, 1930)

April 27, 2016

Komsomolskaya Pravda

Translated by Kristina Kharlova

Sergey Semushkin

Oh, how I want back to the USSR: number of those nostalgic for the Soviet Union set a record

The number of those nostalgic for the Soviet Union is growing steadily.

According to the findings of sociologists, 56% of respondents expressed regret for the collapse of the state.

The majority of Russians regret the collapse of the Soviet Union and do not mind if it was restored — concluded the sociologists of “Levada-center”.

56% of respondents regret the disintegration of USSR.   Interestingly, the number of such people is growing over the years. This was the record number of respondents nostalgic about the Soviet Union in the history of surveys. At the same time, the percentage of those who does not long for the Union, decreased over time: if in November of last year it was 37%, today only 28% do not feel any pity. 

Moreover, 58% of Russians would like the socialist system and the Soviet Union to be restored. 31% categorically don’t want the Soviet Union back.

Meanwhile more than half of respondents, 51%, believe that it was still possible to save the country in 1991. That the collapse was inevitable voted 33% of Russians.

Experts, meanwhile, noticed that those most nostalgic for the Soviet Union not so much yearn for the Soviet ideology, but stability and relative justice, confidence in the future, secure jobs, free education and medical care, free housing. In a crisis, such things become more memorable…

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