Russia is tired of "greatpowerness".
The sociologist believes that part of the Russian population does not want the state to expand its territories, Salidarnasts reports.
The main surprise of the sociological survey, conducted by the Levada Center company, is that only 10% of the surveyed Russians believe that Belarus should become part of Russia.
Another 13% of respondents would like the countries to form "a closer union headed by a single leader". 28% of the Russians, participating in the survey, would like to leave the relations between Russia and Belarus at the current level.
However, most of the respondents - 44% believe that the two countries should simply develop economic cooperation more actively.
Thus, the minority of Russia's residents supports unification of the countries, while 72% of respondents do not want such an integration.
Russian sociologist Alexei Levinson commented on the survey results in his column in Vedomosti. In his view, part of Russia's population would like to live in a "cozy and harmless" country instead of being proud of their "greatpowerness".
And they don't want the state to expand its territories at all. That is, the Russian citizen simply does not need the second Crimea in the form of "united" Belarus.
- Levada Center decided to check... ...asking a question about how relations between Russia and Belarus should be built. However, it turned out that although the Russian people consider their power great, they don't want to increase it any more - itegrating Belarus - only 10% chose the answer option of Belarus joining Russia.
And in Belarus, probably, the majority wants to be that "small, cozy and harmless country". Since we have failed to become such a country," - the sociologist wrote.