For this edition of the Reading on Russia Roundup, I will be celebrating Stats Week, since this week saw the release of several
VCIOM press release. A new press release from the VCIOM asks what Russians want from the ideal candidate for State Duma. According to the study, voters want professionalism; willingness to represent the interests of the people, not own; and a focus on change rather than revolution. Read the rest of the report, it’s quite interesting.
Levada Center I. The Levada Center has released electoral ratings of parties participating in the state Duma elections. Among those who answered that they will likely vote in the elections, United Russia is the preferred party (35%). Also see this article on the contours of the future Duma.
Levada Center II. On the friends and enemies of Russia.
Levada Center III. Asks Russians about their feelings regarding the “Immortal Regiment”/Victory Day celebrations.
Demographics. After a long period of silence, Mark Adomanis is back to report that despite the severe economic recession in Russia, its demographics continue to improve. So that’s some good news.
Emigration. The Russian headhunting company Agentstvo Kontakt reported this week that almost one in every six senior Russian managers plans to move to another country within the next two years, while even more – 42 percent – are considering emigration. There are lots of articles talking about this, so I’ll just choose this one. This is not good news. No doubt some analysts will point to this as evidence of Russia’s general s****yness and lack of a future.
And lastly, something that made me chuckle. Like the costumed characters on Times Square, but more stylish (in my opinion).
But the lookalikes live in a tough, competitive environment. Once a feud even came to blows: In the summer of 2012, one of the Stalins noticed that his companion, Lenin, had begun to work for the second Stalin.
Discussing this betrayal over a mug of coffee, the first Stalin generously rewarded the defector by stabbing him three times in the back with his umbrella. Lenin kept his head and went to the police. A few days later, the leaders were reconciled, but law enforcement officers kept them under observation for some time.