Три четверти россиян хотели бы покинуть Россию
You read that right: “Three-quarters of all Russians would like to leave Russia.”
That’s according to a poll commissioned by the Russian version of Monster.com, namely Superjob.ru, as reported by Vedemosti (Russian-language link) the Russian version of the Wall Street Journal. Another confirming poll by rival firm HeadHunter shows the same figure, three-quarters of all Russians, would prefer to work abroad.
Of course, that’s if they had the chance.
But it’s rather hard to have such an opportunity if you are earning the average Russian wage of $3/hour. In practice, this means that the vast majority of the Russian population is angry, terrified, frustrated and hopeless — the same characteristics the population had when the country was called the USSR.
Australia is the destination most favored by Russians, followed by Germany, Italy, the United States, Britain and Canada. Australia is alluring to Russians, according to the nationwide survey, because it is “beautiful, safe, warm, friendly and quiet,” all the qualities their own country lacks in spaces. Russia is — and nobody who’s been there for even a day can dispute it — an ugly, dangerous, cold, hostile and noisy place.
In another country, one where people truly loved their land as patriots, the citizens might ask themselves why they aren’t doing more to make Russia itself more “beautiful, safe, warm, friendly and quiet” rather than ignoring the country’s plight and thinking only of flight. But Vladimir Putin‘s Russia isn’t another country, it’s the same ugly, dangerous, cold, hostile and noisy place it always has been.
So naturally, its citizens run at the first chance, the best and brightest first and foremost. That’s why the USSR slammed down the Iron Curtain, barring Russians from leaving before the whole country could become deserted. How long, we can’t help but wonder, before the Putin dictatorship is forced to adopt the same measures?