A new poll compiled by the liberal, Moscow based Levada Center, shows that 23 percent of Russians believe their country is surrounded by enemies.
Why would Russian think such a thing…
The share of Russians who consider their country is surrounded by enemies is further broken down as follows:
68 percent of respondents in Russia consider the United States a threat.
29 percent of respondents said that Ukraine is an enemy.
6 percent of respondents said that NATO is their enemy, while 3% of Russians consider “corruption” an enemy.
Statistics via Statista.
Zerohedge adds that even though the Russian military is heavily committed to the war in Syria, only 5 and 4 percent of people respectively say Islamic extremists are a threat. That’s less than Germany, the UK and NATO which are all labelled enemies by 6 percent of Russians.
Internally, only two percent of respondents consider oligarchs and bankers enemies and one percent think Vladimir Putin is a threat.