December 3rd, 2017 – Fort Russ News –
– Denis Churilov, for FRN –
German Center for East European and International Studies (ZOiS) published 2017 survey data on Crimea. Nothing surprising in the results, really.
Some extracts from the summary:
– The Crimean population, including the Crimean Tatars, agree that Ukrainian governments neglected the region over many years, with roughly a third of the respondents pointing to this as the main cause of the developments of 2014.
– There is a significant population exodus from the region. Twenty-one percent of the respondents have family members/friends who left Crimea since 2014, and 10 percent are contemplating leaving Crimea. Moscow and other parts of Russia are by far the most preferred migration destinations.
– Living in an EU country or the prospect of Ukraine joining the EU one day holds little attraction for Crimeans.
– The vast majority of the Crimean population would vote for the status quo in a future repeat referendum on Crimea’s status and express trust in Russian state institutions.
ZOiS researchers were probably afraid to appear overly “pro-Russian”, so they inserted numerous (often unsubstantiated and/or de-contextualized) negative remarks here and there all over the paper, probably in an effort to appear more neutral.
As such, they point at the decreased connection between Crimea and Ukraine since 2014, not explaining that it is mostly due to repeated attempts to blockade the peninsula, both physically and economically (the efforts included the destruction of power lines), by various extremist far-right organizations, such as Ukrainian Right Sector and Turkic Mejlis from the Ukrainian side (and that’s something that the Kiev government didn’t condemn and even implicitly approved of).
Also, if you read the executive summary, you’ll see a minor manipulation attempt in the order in which the key findings are presented. You can see the negative aspects being listed first and last, while all the positive (or “pro-Russian”) aspects are stated in the middle.
It’s just that people tend to remember the beginning and the end of every message, that’s the trick that has been used by politicians and media in essays, news bulletins, public speeches, etc, for decades. A very old trick.
But, unfortunately for the ZOiS sponsors, the data speaks for itself.