Resigning to Inevitability: How Russians justified the military invasion of Ukraine (fall-winter 2022)

Maxim Alyukov, Violetta Alexandrova, Serafima Butakova, Igor Chervinski, Alya Denisenko, Svetlana Erpyleva, Sasha Kappinen, Irina Kozlova, Nadezhda Korytnikova, Anatoly Kropivnitskyi, Darya Lupenko, Oleg Zhuravlev, Natali Savelyeva, Vladislav Siiutkin, Yulia Strizhenova, Svetlana Erpyleva (Editor), Sasha Kappinen (Editor)

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Based on the results of a qualitative sociological study, this analytical report examines the attitude of Russians to the protracted military conflict between Russia and Ukraine. The report explores how Russians perceived the 'special military operation' more than six months after it began, whether the view of ordinary Russians on the war is changing over time, and if so, how. The report is based on sociological interviews with Russians from different regions, different backgrounds and different views, who do not consider themselves unequivocal opponents of the war. The interviews were collected in the fall of 2022, more than seven months after the start of the "special operation.” We conducted 88 interviews, 40 of which were repeated interviews with respondents we had already spoken to in spring 2022.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherGeorge Washington University, Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies
Number of pages140
Publication statusPublished - 23 Nov 2023


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