In 2009 and on March 1-2, 2014, Russian citizens were invited to
offer their opinions on whether or not Russia should actively defend the
interests of Russian-speaking people in Crimea, or whether Russia
should refrain from getting into conflicts with the Ukrainian
authorities, he said.
Five years ago, 73% of respondents spoke in favor of more active
measures to defend the interests of Crimea’s Russian-speaking
population, and 15% of those polled took the opposite view, Fyodorov
The results of the March 1-2 survey were practically the same, he said.