Poll: Russian Public Largely Supports Country's Development Efforts

The majority of Russian citizens approve of the country’s aid program for some of the world’s poorest countries, according to a recent public opinion poll supported by the World Bank.

The survey looked at the attitude of Russian citizens toward the country’s international humanitarian operations and its overseas development projects. It found that 75 percent of the country’s population find these engagements favorable, the World Bank said in a news release. The World Bank supported the poll, which was conducted by the Levada-Center, a local non-governmental polling and sociological firm.

“The research reveals that both opinion leaders and the general population are very supportive of Russia’s development aid work, although knowledge and awareness of development assistance activities is rather limited,” Pedro Alba, head of the World Bank’s office in Russia has noted.

The opinion poll also identified the types of assistance the Russian public viewed most favorable: humanitarian aid, support for countries that were part of the former Soviet Union, and assistance for countries viewed as security threats.

Russia has been steadily boosting its development programs in the past year, including by increasing its contributions to the World Bank. In 2010, it increased by 60 percent its 2010 contributions to the International Development Association, which is the World Bank’s concessional lending arm, the bank said.

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