Updated at 18:18,16-07-2018

Poll: Only 14% of Belarusians ready to take up arms against enemies


The Independent Institute of Socio-Economic and Political Studies has published results of the June nation opinion poll. Over 60% of respondents did not approve of Kyivs Euromaidan and Viktor Yanukovychs overthrow while just as many people regarded Crimeas seceding from Ukraine as legal.

Shadows of Ukraines revolution

Taking into account further developments in Ukraine, 23.2 % of interviewees favoured Euromaidan and Yanukovychs ouster and 63.2% were against. 26.9% of respondents hold Crimeas joining Russia as occupation but 62.2% believe it to be an act of putting the historical record straight.

23.2% called the recent events in the east of Ukraine riots organised by Russia while 65.5% regarded them as the peoples protests against the illegitimate authorities.

12% of Belarusians favour the newly-elected President Poroshenko, 36% remain aloof about him, 21.1% dont like him, 15% refuse to consider his legitimacy.

No Russian threat

According to one third of respondents, Russia is highly unlikely to annex the territory of Belarus or its part, 36.4% believe it to be possible but improbable, 26.3% think that the probability is strong, 4.4% say the annexation is inevitable.

At the same time, the Belarusians are not ready to follow either President Lukashenka or his political opponents in case of any threat of the countrys territorial integrity.

Only 14.2% declared readiness to bear arms against invaders, 47.7% would try to adapt to a situation, 16.5% would even welcome such change.

Being asked Does our nation, our country have enemies? only 12.8% answered that Belarus was surrounded by enemies while 30% believe that the countrys most dangerous enemies are from within.