Interesting Russian Opinion Poll today from Russian Public Opinion Research Center (VCIOM) - "the oldest and the leading marketing and opinion research company in the post-Soviet space":
Amongst several topics considered,
43% of Russians polled think their country should not intervene, but rather remain neutral w.r.t. DNR and LNR
Only 11% think DNR and LNR should be incorporated into Russian Federation. Importantly, this figure has gone right down from 6 months ago...
These figures will give Putin much to ponder..
I've clipped and google-translated one portion below:
|Do you think what position should take Russia in respect of Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republic (DNI and LC)? (Close-ended question, one answer)|
|April 2014 *||July 2014||October 2014|
|Not intervene to maintain neutrality||45||36||43|
|Recognize the DNI and LC as independent states||13||26||23|
|Take DNI and LC in the Russian Federation||18||12||11|
|Help DNR and LC expand autonomy while remaining a part of Ukraine||12||15||8|
|Kiev authorities to help regain control over the territory of the DNI and LC||4||2||3|
|Difficult to answer||8||9||12|