[ View the story "Ukraine through Russian eyes" on Storify] Ukraine through Russian eyes How do Russians view the Ukrainian crisis?
The Stream· Thu, May 15 2014 17:57:51
Russian President Vladimir Putin
Crimea last week for the first time since the region became a part of Russia. Ninety-seven per cent of Crimeans
in favour of seceding from Ukraine. The annexation of Crimea
Putin's approval ratings to 83 per cent - the highest in five years.
Fifty-one per cent
of Russians either completely agree or mostly agree that there are parts of neighbouring countries that really belong to Russia.
Moreover, a majority of Russians
their government has the right to
in Crimea to protect ethnic Russians. Their level of validation of Putin has increased since the crisis in Ukraine escalated in February.
: Putin made history. It's a fact. #ThanksforCrimeaPutin
Путин вошел в историю. Это факт. #СпасибоПутинуЗаКрымО.Б.
: The fate of people sometimes solved by the actions of one man. #ThanksforCrimeaPutin
Судьба людей порой решается благодаря действиям одного человека #СпасибоПутинуЗаКрымhard mause
: Thanks Putin for the reunification of the Russian lands. #ThanksforCrimeaPutin
#СпасибоПутинуЗаКрым Спасибо Путину за воссоединение русских земель.Арина Соколова
While many Russians
"Putin as the one who returned some of Russia's strengths," his critics
him of using an "anti-American rhetoric and the vote-winning narrative of stability" to ensure a loyal electorate. Critics also
Putin's control of the Russian media as a way to shape public opinion.
#Putin tightens control on media due to concern about image. Don't know what he's talking about. #nofilter #rawr
Russians give Putin an 83% approval rating. They believe Ukraine is a fascist country. Media control works so well that even Putin believes.Hector Santos
When shortcomings of Putin's rule become too glaring, no need to change how he rules. Just take control of the media.
@SooperMexican @StateDept So, before it was about maintaining stability. What's Putin excuse now?..as the world just watches like a TV DramaSultry Beauty
Despite a barrage of Putin criticisms by those in the West, a majority of Russians
their president and say their country is heading in the right direction. A recent poll
that a record low number of Russians believe strengthening relations with the West is a priority.
A recent Pew survey showed a majority of Russians felt a sense of nostalgia toward the USSR.
Fifty-five per cent
of Russians either completely agree or mostly agree that it is a great misfortune that the Soviet Union no longer exists.
Some in The Stream community echoed support for Putin.
@AJStream Somewhat too nationalistic, but as a whole – adequate.Dmitry Serba
@AJStream @haloefekti it's surely apparent by now that the USA is a nation out of control and Putin seems to be the man to help stop themIkhwanii Extincticus
@DeemaAlpha @AJStream generally i can say majority of russians support Putin, because he acts according to interests of his votersOlga Curly
@DeemaAlpha @AJStream Pple like a decisive n strong leader. I'll rather have a Putin than what I currently have in my country.habiba a