A survey by research agency Gallup shows that 44 percent of Russians between 15 and 29 years old want to emigrate. The main reason is the stagnating economy in Russia.
The opinion poll, based on 2000 face-to-face interviews, indicates that 20 percent of all Russians want to move abroad. The highest percentage since 2007, when 17 percent wanted to move. The favorite destinations are Germany and the United States.
The young working Russians in particular are keen to leave, which could influence the future Russian economic position and political power, Gallup says: ‘Not all Russians will move, but the increasing number of those who want to do so should worry Moscow. “
This rising desire for other places is mainly due to five years of falling incomes, the higher retirement age that the government introduced and increased VAT.
Confidence in President Vladimir Putin, who was re-elected last year with 76 percent of the vote, is the lowest in 13 years.
He scored a 60 percent favorability rating in an opinion poll in January. In itself a high figure, but much less than the 90 percent that he usually achieves.