Russians List Reasons to Be Proud of Their Country

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Glorious victory in the Second World War, space exploration and literature are the pillars of Russian patriotism, the poll revealed

The main reason to be proud of Russia is the country's victory in the Second World War, according to 83% of participants in a survey conducted by the Levada Centre.

The country's leading role in space exploration was the point of pride for 41% of respondents. Russian literature (36%), becoming one of the leading industrial nations in the world during the Soviet period (35%), achievements in science (32%) and Russian-made weapons (26%) were all mentioned as well. In addition, 26% of those surveyed admired the simplicity, perseverance and stamina of Russians.

The Levada Centre survey was conducted from Jan. 20 to 23. There were 1,600 participants from 48 regions throughout the country and the margin of error was no greater than 3.4%.

In June 2016, more than 80% of Russians taking part in a Levada Centre survey said they felt pride for their country while just as many considered Russia to be a great power. The main reasons cited for this pride were history (44%), natural resources (38%) and military might (36%).