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Saturday, January 20, 2018

The Russian political nation can be considered formed

A new opinion poll showed the harsh hospitality of the Russians against the Russian-speaking compatriots, wishing to move to Russia. The results of the study reflect a variety of phenomena and tendencies: from the formation of a civil nation in the country to support a national migration policy.

VTSIOM published the results of a study on the attitude of Russians to migrate to the country of Russian compatriots. Perhaps the most unexpected was the fact that the vast majority of respondents support a simplified procedure for obtaining Russian citizenship for Russian speakers. Only 26 percent of respondents approve of this idea.

“A quarter of a century in different countries in terms of human life is serious enough term that many Russians feel Russian speakers outside Russia are not quite their”

And in General it turned out friendly, but not the soft attitude of Russian society to the nation – a potential fellow citizens.

On the one hand, Russians are in the absolute majority support the idea of “collecting” the Russian-speaking countries of the former USSR in Russia (78 percent voted for it). However, a much smaller share (40 percent) agree with the idea of helping all moving to Russia Russian.

On the other hand, the poll showed markedly pragmatic attitude of Russians to move to Russia. Primarily, this manifested itself in outright preference to highly qualified specialists and the apparent reluctance to see low-skilled migrants.

In fact, this study showed several important points about the state of Russian society.

First, Russia has formed a civil nation, which is based on the principle not of blood or language, and common historical destiny. Just most people appreciate that the “common historical fate” from the point of view of his own life and personal experience. A quarter of a century in different countries in terms of human life is a serious term that many Russians feel Russian speakers outside Russia is not entirely his. Common ethnicity or common language are not enough grounds for a sense of community.

As you know, the planned adoption of the draft law on “Russian nation” sparked heated debate, which prompted the authors to rename it. As an explanation of the head of the working group on preparation of the concept of the bill, Valery Tishkov, stated that “the public is not prepared to accept such a thing as a single nation, uniting all nationalities”.

However, even if the words are or additional friction, is essentially the process of forming a single community of citizens of Russia has taken place. A result of the notorious clause stating that the ownership of the Russian language in the eyes of most Russians is not a reason for granting citizenship under the simplified procedure, just says that the language is not for citizens of Russia is sufficient to label the person as “his”.

Second, obtained another confirmation of the absence in the Russian society nostalgia for the lost territories and also the needs for territorial expansion. On the contrary, very high support for the idea of resettlement in Russia of Russian clearly demonstrates that Russian society is behind the gathering of people, not land.

As you know, the return of the Crimea still has the highest public approval. However, it does not provoked the development of expansionist sentiment in the Russian society.

Thirdly, Russian society in relation to the moving position, which, if you alter the famous saying, can be formulated as “ask Not what Russia can do for you. Ask what you can do for Russia.”

This may explain the rather rigid attitude of Russians to the conditions for moving to the country: the reluctance to provide special conditions for obtaining citizenship for Russian speakers is not too high, the proportion of those who support the provision of assistance to migrants, etc.

The reasons for this attitude may be a quarter of a century with a very harsh Russian capitalism to a history of living in the country that require strong characters able to cope with difficulties.

We should also mention that in recent years the society is actively formed the belief that Russia is the richest and most prosperous country in the region, which historically, are trying to benefit all and Sundry. Actually support hard line positions survey can stand the fear of the Russians about a possible dependency on the part of new citizens. Such migrants Russian society just does not want to see.

Fourthly, the survey results indicate a coincidence of public sentiment with the state migration policy, which is formally wide open doors, however, brings many obstacles for immigrants.

Essentially, the survey results can be reformulated in the form of a slogan, which could be hung in every office of the Federal migration service, to come knew exactly what to expect:

“Welcome to Russia – a great and wonderful, but harsh country of strong people!”.


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