According to the poll results, 83% of Russians were following developments in Ukraine this January, while now this figure is down to 71%, of which 25% are monitoring the situation on a permanent basis.

Senior citizens aged over 60 (82%) tend to be more interested in the situation in Ukraine than younger people aged 18-24 (44%).

The percentage of Russians referring to the situation in Ukraine as ‘civil war’ fell from 50% in January 2015 to 36% in September 2015.

Every sixth respondent described the situation in Ukraine as ‘disintegration’ and ‘complete destabilization’, adding that the country is ‘in the grips of anarchy and ruled by bandits’.

Interestingly, as little as 2% of those polled mentioned ‘fascism’ in Ukraine.