"A total of 67% of Russians regret the disintegration of the Soviet Union," the Megatyumen portal says citing the results of a poll on people’s perception of the events of 1991 taken by the All-Russian Public Opinion Research Center.
At the conference titled "March 1991 Referendum – August 1991 Putsch –Belovezh Agreements: How the Mechanisms of Historical Mythmaking Work on the Political Agenda," experts discussed the reasons for the disintegration of the USSR as well as its outcome for contemporary Russia.
"In terms of emotional perception, sociological data clearly showed the domination of negative assessments such as disappointment, pity, sadness, etc. For example, 67% of those polled said they regretted the collapse of the USSR. This indicator that has been stable since 2005," said Mikhail Mamonov, the head of political analysis section of the All-Russian Public Opinion Research Center.
According to the survey, if the referendum were held now, 73% of the Russians would vote for keeping the USSR in place. In addition, it is noted that the idea of preserving the Soviet Union was resonated powerfully with the majority of the youngest age group.