Putin’s nightmare: Russia’s ‘growing apathy’ as almost HALF think war has lasted too long | World | News

Reports over the past two months have highlighted growing concerns within the Kremlin over Vladimir Putin’s war plans and the damage the “special military operation” is causing to Russia in the long term. Evidence is also emerging of growing levels of unrest about the war among the Russian people.

Polling data from the Levada Center suggests that fewer Russians were paying close attention to military action in late April than the previous month.

Less than 60% said they are monitoring events closely, which the center notes represent a “gradual decline”.

In this context, 26% say they watch the reports “very carefully” and 33% “quite carefully”.

Samuel Ramani, a research associate at the Royal United Services Institute for Defense and Security Studies, called the results “very interesting”.

He said in a post on Twitter: “Although the Russian media has called for full mobilization for war and constantly warns of World War III, apathy towards war is growing in Russia.”

Apathy towards war is particularly strong among young Russians.

Only 36% of 18-24 year olds say they follow the war closely.

This contrasts sharply with the 71% of older Russians.

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Although concerned about current events, the Russian people are very limited by law in the extent to which they can criticize military events.

Towards the start of the invasion, a law warned that those who spread “false” information about the war risked up to 15 years in prison.

This, according to Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin, guarantees a “very tough” response to those who “make statements that discredit our armed forces”.

Other laws have made it more difficult to determine the true mortality levels of Russian troops, otherwise the discomfort with events could be higher.

Inside the Kremlin, a Bloomberg quoting officials who preferred to remain anonymous highlighted deep concerns about the long-term impact of the war, which has already and is expected to continue to isolate Russia on the world stage.

The Levada poll took into account the opinions of 1,616 people aged 18 and over from urban and rural areas.

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