Kazakhstan, Belarus have been recognised as the most stable states within CIS
The findings were based on the sociological survey.
The results of the sociological survey have revealed that Russians name these two countries as the most stable and successful within the CIS, wherein Kazakhstan has received the highest result since 2010: 52% of respondents have given their scores in favor of Kazakhstan (41% in 2017), a press service of the Embassy of Kazakhstan in Russia reports.
The survey has been undertaking with Russian Public Opinion Research Center (VTsIOM) since 2010.
Director of the Research Department of VTsIOM Stepan Lvov tells that the survey carried out on November 8, 2018, involving 1600 respondents, Russian citizens, shows that Belarus and Kazakhstan have been the absolute leaders among Russians over eight years.
Other CIS member states significantly fall behind in the ratings: Azerbaijan has scored 16% in 2018 (14% in 2017), Armenia has lost two percentage points in the rating and equaled 14% (16% in 2017), Georgia - 12%, Uzbekistan - 10%, Turkmenistan - 8%, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan - 5%, Moldavia - 4%, Ukraine - 2%.
Russians' opinion on the most reliable partner of Russia remains unchanged, with Kazakhstan scoring 52%, and Belarus scoring 68%. Other CIS states' scores as follows: Azerbaijan - 16%, Armenia (14%), Georgia (12%), Uzbekistan (10%), Turkmenistan (8%), Kyrgyzstan (5%), Tajikistan (5%), Moldavia (4%), Ukraine (2%).
In general, there has been the increase in trust of citizens of Russia in their closest neighbors, the scores of almost all CIS states have improved. According to experts, the increase in the scores of Armenia and Uzbekistan compared to last years is due to the new leaders, and Russian expectations they have generated.
The Kazakh and Belarus Leaders traditionally top the ratings of trust in the leaders of the post-Soviet countries. 49% of Russians gave their scores in favor of Nursultan Nazarbayev, and 65% - in favor of Alexander Lukashenko. The third highest score was occupied by Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev.