Russian society chooses for itself a rather authoritarian system. This is evidenced by surveys conducted by the German Foundation Friedrich Naumann and the Fund of Boris Nemtsov, says the German publication Sueddeutsche Zeitung.

According to him, the respondents were asked questions about life in Russia and their expectations for the future. In terms of security and privacy protection two-thirds of respondents said that “for the safety of the state can without any problems to collect any personally identifiable information of citizens.” Nearly 54% expressed confidence that the state has the right to break the law to fight terrorism, reports InoPressa.

Almost “three quarters of the 1,600 respondents indicated that they earn no more than 415 euros per month (about 30 thousand rubles. – Approx.”. This amount, as the newspaper notes, “just up to unemployment benefits in Germany and explains why the majority of Russians want a return to the old planned economy.”

In support of the return of the system of state planning and distribution voted almost 60% of respondents, the article says. In the background is not the best economic situation, many people are not surprised that “three out of four people believe the most important political goal the improvement of the economic situation.”

At the same time, as the paper emphasizes, “almost 70% of Russians fear that in the next few years, many of them may lose their jobs, 96% were in favor of state regulation of prices for basic food, and 70% believe that to become a millionaire the honest way is impossible.”

In February 2016, experts another German Fund recorded growth of autocratic tendencies in Russia. In the ranking of the transformation of political regimes of the Russian Federation among 129 countries took 81-th place. While a year earlier she was on the four lines above.

According to experts, domestic policy in Russia is based on authoritarian methods, including the pressure on private businesses, independent media and non-governmental organizations. Trying to consolidate power and tighten control over the elites, President Vladimir Putin, was “more like a king than a President, effectively posodeystvuem the establishment of an authoritarian-bureaucratic nomenklatura system” in Russia was noted in the study.

In 2014, a survey conducted by VTsIOM, showedthat the majority of Russians (71%) are willing to sacrifice democracy and personal freedoms for the sake of preserving the country’s stability and order. Under the “rules” most understood the preservation of “political and economic stability”, and under the democracy of “freedom of speech, press, religion”.

In February of the same year a survey conducted by the Analytical center of Yuri Levada showed that restriction of civil rights and democratic freedoms concerned only 4% of respondents. A far greater concern of the Russians was caused by rising prices, poverty and unemployment.

And in the fall of 2013, polls showed that most Russians are adherents of socialism and authoritarianism, and liberal views are held by only 9% of the population.

The Russians, despite the poverty, prefer an authoritarian system, polls show 10.10.2016

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