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Russians, Ukrainians Evoke Soviet Union

(Angus Reid – CPOD Global Scan) – Many adults in two former Soviet republics hold nostalgic views about the past, according to a poll by the Yury Levada Analytical Center. 67 per cent of respondents in Russia—and 50 per cent of respondents in Ukraine—say they regret the disintegration of the Soviet Union.

(Angus Reid – CPOD Global Scan) – Many adults in two former Soviet republics hold nostalgic views about the past, according to a poll by the Yury Levada Analytical Center. 67 per cent of respondents in Russia—and 50 per cent of respondents in Ukraine—say they regret the disintegration of the Soviet Union.

The Soviet Union was officially established in 1922, following the Bolshevik Revolution. Both Russia and Ukraine officially declared their independence in 1991.

In the 1990s, the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS)—a coalition encompassing 12 former Soviet republics—was formed. 48 per cent of respondents in Ukraine say the CIS allows member states to preserve good diplomatic ties, while only 36 per cent of Russian respondents concur.

Polling Data

Do you regret the disintegration of the Soviet Union?

 

Russia

Ukraine

Yes

67%

50%

No

26%

39%

Hard to answer

7%

11%

What do you think of the Community of Independent States?

 

Russia

Ukraine

It helps preserve good diplomatic
ties between countries

36%

48%

It aggravates diplomatic ties
between countries

13%

10%

It does not play a role in
diplomatic relations

36%

24%

Hard to answer

15%

18%

Source: Yury Levada Analytical Center
Methodology: Interviews to 1,600 Russian adults and 2,000 Ukrainian adults, conducted from Dec. 10 to Dec. 14, 2004. No margin of error was provided.