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Pew Poll Finds Russia's Global Image Takes Negative Turn

Published: July 13, 2014 (Issue # 1819)



  • Among Russians polled in the survey, 92 percent displayed a positive attitude toward their own country — up from 83 percent in 2013.
    Photo: Mikhail Koninin / Flickr

Russia's global image has soured significantly over the past year amid the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, a new study by the Pew Research Center has shown.

On average, 43 percent of respondents across 44 countries have an unfavorable view of Russia, compared to 34 percent who are sympathetic toward the country, according to the study released Wednesday.

Meanwhile, attitudes toward Russia have deteriorated in 20 of the 36 countries surveyed both this and last year, improving in just six countries and remaining relatively similar in 10.

The worst dynamics were observed in the U.S., where the number of people with an unfavorable view of Russia grew from 43 percent in 2013 to 72 percent in 2014. In the EU, the number of people with the same attitude rose 20 percentage points to 74 percent.

The general attitude toward Russia was also negative in the Middle East, Latin America and Japan, though in India and China, the majority of the population approved of Russia — with more people doing so than last year.

In Ukraine, which lost the Crimean peninsula to Russia in March, 60 percent view Russia negatively, compared to just 11 percent in 2011.

However, among Russians polled in the survey, 92 percent displayed a positive attitude toward their own country — up from 83 percent in 2013.

Worldwide confidence in Russian President Vladimir Putin was also low, the survey showed. Only in China, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Kenya and Tanzania did the majority of the population believe he was likely to do right in global affairs.

The study, which was conducted from March 17 to June 5, covered 48,643 respondents and did not specify a margin of error.





 


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Wednesday, Jan. 28



Feel like becoming a publishing mogul? Stop by the Freedom anti-cafe at 7 Ulitsa Kazanskaya today at 8 p.m. where Simferopol, Crimea-based founder and chief editor of the Holst online magazine will talk about creating an internet magaine, including what stories to cover, how find an audience and build a team, where to find inspiration and how to stand out from the crowd. Admission is the normal price of the anti-café — 2 rubles per minute, which includes tea and snacks.



Learn everything you always wanted to know about wine, and perhaps a bit more, at the Le Nez du Vin seminar for wine lovers. Held at the WineJet Sommelier School, 100 Bolshoy Prospekt Petrograd Side, at 7:30 p.m., the event will cover wine production, the basics of wine tasting, the concept of terroir and the various countries where wine is produced. Tickets are 750 rubles and include a wine tasting. Register by calling +7 921 744 6264.



Thursday, Jan. 29



Attend a master class on how to deal with complicated business negotiations today at the International Banking Institute, 6 Malaya Sadovaya Ulitsa. Running from 3 to 6 p.m., Vadim Sokolov, an assistant professor at the St. Petersburg State University of Economics, will introduce aspects of managing the negotiation process and increasing its effectiveness. Attendance is free with pre-registration by telephone on 909 3056 or online at www.ibispb.ru



Celebrate what would be writer Anton Chekhov's 155th birthday at the Bokvoed bookshop at 46 Nevsky Prospekt. Starting at 5 p.m., the legendary author will be feted with readings of his stories and short performances based on his plays by various St. Petersburg actors. Chekhov's books will also be offered at a 15% discount during the event.



Friday, Jan. 30



The Lermontov Central Library, 19 Liteyny Prospekt, will screen 'Almost Famous’ in English with Russian subtitles at 6:30 p.m. Cameron Crowe's Academy Award-winning comedy from 2000 stars Billy Crudup, Kate Hudson, and Patrick Fugit, and tells the story of a budding music journalist at Rolling Stone magazine in the 1970s. Admission is free.



Meet renowned Russian poet, journalist and writer Dmitry Bykov, famous for his biographies of Boris Pasternak, Bulat Okudzhava and Maxim Gorky, and winner of 2006 National Bestseller Award. Bykov will read old and new poems as well as answer questions about his works at the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Main Hall, at 7 p.m. Tickets start at 1,000 rubles and are available at city ticket offices and the from the Philharmonic website www.philharmonia.spb.ru.



A retrospective of the films of Roman Polanski starts today at Loft-Project Etagi, 74 Ligovsky Prospekt, with a screening of ‘Repulsion’ at 7 p.m. and ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ at 9:15 p.m. The series runs through Feb. 4 and will include Polanski's eminently creepy ‘The Tenant,’ the cult comedy ‘The Fearless Vampire Killers’ and ‘Cul-de-sac’ among others. Tickets are 150-200 rubles and the complete schedule is available at www.vk.com/artpokaz/



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