Half of Russians do not know when WWII beganBlog, Saturday, December 17, 2011 10:50:34
More than half of Russians do not know the date of commencement of World War II. This survey of the Russian Center for Study of Public Opinion. The survey only 22% of respondents indicated the correct date - September 1, 1939, the German attack on Poland.
More than half do - 58% - did not indicate true date of the attack. 5% indicated the wrong date and 8% were directly admitted they do not know. The survey found the proportion of knowledgeable and knowledgeable in the age groups is the same, but older meet slightly more frequently the question correctly. In the survey included a question about the reasons for the outbreak of World War II. 30% indicated response "pursuit of international imperialism to control the world", and 47% indicated "a desire for revenge after Germany's defeat in World War II." In 13% to blame for the outbreak of war there, the global economic crisis, or so-called "Great Depression" of 1929-1933. In Russia solemnly observes not only the end of World War II, but the beginning. On the occasion of this year's celebration again be ignited discussion about the importance of the pact "Ribbentrop - Molotov" and the role of the Soviet Union. This issue has been addressed by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin in an article published by the Polish newspaper "Gazeta Wyborcza".
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