The head of VTsIOM said that about 20 million Russians “withdrawn into themselves” because of the Northern Military District

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Head of VTsIOM Valery Fedorov stated that after the announcement of a special operation in Ukraine, Russian society was divided into “four Russians”. In an interview with RBC, he explained that these are “Warring Russia”, “Capital”, “Deep Russia” and “Left Russia”.

As for the “capital of Russia”, Fedorov explained that it is about the “petit-bourgeois, metropolitan middle class – Moscow, St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg.” These Russians are “withdrawing into themselves” under the stress of current events.

“They're trying to pretend nothing has changed,” Fedorov said.

He believes this category of citizens numbers about 20 million people and they “don't particularly care about what's going on unless it directly affects their own safety.”


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