Every fifth Russian failed to decode the USSR

Poll by VTsIOM: every fifth adult Russian failed to decipher the abbreviation USSR Socialist Republics. Such data were obtained based on the results of the VTsIOM poll, RBC reports.

Most of those who could not answer the question correctly are young people aged 18 to 24 years. At the same time, over 80 percent of survey participants coped with the task.

In addition, 11 percent of respondents admitted that they did not know the decryption at all, another 8 percent of respondents deciphered the abbreviation USSR, making a mistake.

The share of those able to list the republics of the former USSR is several times lower: only 6 percent of respondents mentioned all 15. At the same time, 27 percent could not name a single one at all.

According to the results of the VTsIOM poll, 13 percent of Russian citizens associate the abbreviation USSR with positive emotions. 11 percent of the respondents noted that they associate this concept with childhood, adolescence or youthfulness of parents. Every tenth respondent mentioned the multinationality of the country and the brotherhood of peoples.

The poll was conducted on November 24 among 1.6 thousand Russians aged 18 and over. The study used the method of telephone interviews.

Earlier, the former chairman of the Council of Ministers of the USSR, member of the Federation Council of the Russian Federation Nikolai Ryzhkov spoke about the reasons for the collapse of the Soviet state. He considered the chaotic and abrupt reforms to be the main reason for this.