The current geopolitical situation divides
Another topic which highly divides the Russian society is the current international and geopolitical situation in which Russia finds itself in. Situated between the military intervention in the Syrian civil war, the ongoing unsettled conflict with Ukraine, the diplomatic distance with Germany, France and the EU as a whole and at the same time a rapprochement with the important partner China - Russia's geopolitical position in today's world has a huge influence on how the Kremlin rules the Russian society today. The national public attention is drawn to the foreign sphere, financial resources are being applied for military demands and multilateral cooperation including educational programs and cultural funding are being cut off and shut down. With its foreign policy course of the last few years, Russia has maneuvered itself into an internationally very confrontational position. What some see as dangerous and destructive, others view as a great opportunity for the country.
Maria, the young Putin-supporter from Moscow for example. She believes that due to the confrontational policy that Russia follow and due to the international pressure, the internal system of the country is emerging, both political and economic and national elites are emerging.
"I believe that if you stay loyal to this national course for a long time, Russia will only win - economically and politically. I stand behind Vladimir Putin, who represents us and stands up for the interests of our country," points out Katasonova.
Andrey however does not see a current course of the country promising, therefore he demands changes. "The very problem of Russia is that people think that they can't change anything, they want others to do something for them, it's all because of Communism and because of the very idea of communism to suppress initiatives in people and of course it has still left its traces on our nation, we have to change this," confidently explains Gushkov.