Specialists from the All-Russian Public Opinion Research Centre (VTsIOM) presented data from a survey of Russians on the preservation of family memory of the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945.
According to the results of the study, the majority of Russians (88 per cent) confirmed that their relatives took part in the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945. Among the respondents, 43 per cent know a lot about it from the stories of their relatives and family archives, 38 per cent are not familiar with the details of the participation of their relatives in the war, 7 per cent only know that their relatives fought, and 5 per cent said that their relatives did not participate in the war.
Experts clarify that Russians of 45-59 years old (51 per cent), 60 years and older (56 per cent), as well as residents of Moscow and St. Petersburg (51 per cent) and citizens with higher and incomplete higher education, are familiar with the history of their families (50 per cent).
According to Russians, the key role in the victory in the Great Patriotic War belongs to the people (64 per cent), ordinary soldiers (57 per cent), the General Staff (42 per cent), Joseph Stalin (39 per cent), field officers (29 per cent), the government (The Council of People’s Commissars, 20 per cent), and Russian winter (18 per cent).
In addition, it turned out that the proposal of the deputies of the State Duma of the Russian Federation to equate insulting veterans with justifying the crimes of the Nazis is supported by 64 per cent of the respondents, while 28 per cent do not agree with this. This idea is most favoured among citizens aged 45-59 (69 per cent) and 60 and older (67 per cent).