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Sociologists figure out what Russians fear most

Most Russians fear dwindling incomes, social injustice and medical care becoming unavailable, the VCIOM national pollster said in a survey released in October. According to the research, Russians are less afraid of riots and rising food prices than they were the month before.

Their biggest fear is a greater stratification of society: 68% of respondents identified a widening gap between the rich and the poor as a danger. As many as 63% of respondents fear a decline in incomes, while 58% fear that free medical services will become unavailable. Another 58% fear a sharp increase in food prices. Only 39% of respondents said they fear social unrest, while 36% mentioned growing crime, and 35% of employees said they are afraid of losing their jobs. The telephone survey covered 1.8K Russians.

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