The share of Russians nostalgic for the USSR has reached a maximum in 20 years

Russian society continues to sink into phantom pains over the Soviet Union under the pressure of state propaganda idealizing Stalinism and former imperial power.

The share of citizens who regret the collapse of the USSR reached 63% in December 2022, a survey conducted by the Public Opinion Foundation showed.

Since 2011, the number of “regretful” about the death of the Union has increased by 12 percentage points, and the current values ​​of “nostalgia for the USSR” – the highest for more than 20 years.

So, in 2001, 76% of respondents regretted the collapse of the USSR, and a record level – 85% – this figure reached at the end of 1999, after the default, which brought down the hopes of post-Soviet society for rapid prosperity in the new economic conditions.

The share of those who do not regret the collapse of the Union, while remaining stable for about 16 years: in December 2022, this answer was given by 22% of respondents. In 2014 they were 25%, and in 2006 – a record 26%.

Most nostalgics admit that their feelings are connected not with the conditions of life in the USSR, but with personal memories: 16% said that the Soviet era was “the time of their youth.” 11% pointed to “a calm and stable life”, 7% – to “work” and “prosperity”, 6% – to “unity and friendship of peoples”.

At the same time, according to the survey, even young people aged 18-30 in the mass (64%) consider the era of the USSR “generally a good time.” In the age group of 31-45 years old, this proportion increases to 79%, and among pre-pensioners (46-60 years old) – up to 88%.

If we discard everything superficial and superficial, then you can see that the main emotion, which is the true driver of longing for the USSR, is the banal: “Well, ALL THIS could not have been in vain!”, says political scientist Abbas Gallyamov.

People yearn for an authoritarian country because “they can’t cancel their lives,” he points out.

At the same time, for all its shortcomings, the country was really strong in the political sense of the word for a long time – an order of magnitude more powerful than the current regime, Gallyamov continues: “In this sense, unlike the USSR, the Putin regime has nothing to offer people – if only kleptocracy and enmity with the outside world.”

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