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More than 80% of Russians are not ready to protest, Poll

More than 80% of Russians are not ready to protest, PollSociologists claim protests of 2011-2012 brought the Russians frustrated and made them feel that changes are impossible, Vedomosti.

Only 12% of respondents foresee the possibility of mass demonstrations in Russia against falling living standards, and 10% suggest protests are likely over the political demands, Vedomosti citing results of a survey "Levada Centre."

82% and 85% of respondents said they are not willing to participate in such events,

The deputy director "Levada centre" Alexei Grazhdankin said: "History of the protests of 2011-2012 showed that nothing has changed in the country , there is the fear of the events in Ukraine and protests are not perceived as peaceful actions.

"In addition, people are concerned that the government sees the protests as an unacceptable form of dialogue with the society: they remember the terms of Bolotnaya case," he added.

Experts also note that in Russia there is no political force that is ready to lead the protests, and society is experiencing depression, poorly correlated with protest actions.
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