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Russians Grow Weary of War, Yet Putin's Power Holds Steady: Report

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Russians Grow Weary of War, Yet Putin's Power Holds Steady: Report

Russians are grappling with mixed feelings towards the ongoing war with Ukraine, according to a report by the Carnegie Russia Eurasia Center and the Levada Center. Though war-weariness is palpably growing, the nation remains divided over the conflict's impacts and potential resolution strategies. Amidst these complex dynamics, President Vladimir Putin's power remains seemingly unaffected by the armed conflict and Western imposed sanctions.

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Public Opinion and the War

An overwhelming majority of Russians, at 68%, still support the continuation of the war. However, 22% are vehemently against a ceasefire under any circumstances. In contrast, a steady 20% of the populace stands firmly against the war, a figure that has remained unchanged since the initial invasion in February 2022. Despite the prevalent support for peace talks, only 19% of Russians are open to making concessions to Ukraine for securing peace.

A Dutiful Centrist Group

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The report highlights the existence of a group of 'dutiful centrists'. While they do not ardently back the war, they feel obligated to support Putin and the military during wartime. This group, together with the general public, tends to endorse the state's stance on what is deemed moral and right, leading to increased support for repressive laws.

Propaganda and Public Opinion

The Kremlin's tight control over public opinion and effective propaganda have been crucial in maintaining stable support for the war, despite military setbacks and casualties. Propaganda has shaped the narrative that Russia is fighting for survival against Western-backed Ukrainian 'Nazis', thereby justifying the war in the eyes of many. However, a slight sense of unease exists as 41% of Russians think the war has done more harm than good.

Personal Lives and War

As the war drags on, many Russians have focused more on their personal lives, resigning to the war's longevity. The government continues to maintain public calm through propaganda and financial support. Meanwhile, the Ukrainian military has initiated a counteroffensive against Russian forces, marking a pivotal phase in the conflict.

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