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Poll: Russians Are Most Afraid of Sabotage, Rebellion and Gypsy Moth

In April-June , sabotage activities caused the greatest fear among Russian citizens .

This anxiety remains the leader of the CROS rating for the second quarter in a row. However, if at the beginning of the year the total index of anxiety associated with sabotage was 683.4 media young (the unit used by CROS for the reproduction of anxiety), then by the end of the second quarter it more than doubled, to 1584.8 media young.

Fear was heightened by the terrorist attack in St. Petersburg on April 2, which resulted in the death of military commander Vladlen Tatarsky, an attempted drone attack on the Kremlin on May 3, an attempt on the life of politician Zakhar Prilepin on May 6, a raid by saboteurs in the Belgorod region on May 22–23, and drone attacks in the Crimea, Moscow region, Belgorod, Kursk, Kaluga, Voronezh, Bryansk and Tula regions.

The second place in the total index of anxiety is occupied by the failed rebellion of PMC “Wagner” (1158.2 media young). The top three was closed by natural disasters – fires and floods (549.5 media young). Next come the anxieties associated with the Ukrainian counteroffensive (532.3), the growing nuclear threat (414.2), food and alcohol poisoning (132.4), issues of conscription and mobilization (132.3), attacks by stray dogs (120.4), the invasion of gypsy moth and other pests (56), as well as the infringement of Russian sports on the international arena (35.8).

The Wagner PMC mutiny was the leader in the response of Internet users : the actions of mercenaries in social networks were discussed 4.6 times more actively than in the media. Gypsy moth was in second place: the winged pest became the hero of posts and comments 1.7 times more often than news.

According to Valery Fedorov , general director of VTsIOM , the subject of concern of Russians has remained unchanged for the past year and a half – this is “generally what is happening in the NVO zone.”

Experts rank the fears of Russians based on the analysis of media news (“media index”), as well as posts and comments on social networks (“social media index”). The total index shows the scale of the “information wave” of a particular topic, and the “survivability” index shows how much it excited ordinary Internet users. If a problem is actively replicated by the media, but does not find a response in social networks, then the authors of the study refer to this topic as “pseudo-fears, ” Kommersant reports .

Source : nakanune