Thursday, December 14, 2017

Only half of Russian citizens know correct name of June 12 holiday

A survey by the Levada Center independence pollster revealed that only 50 percent of Russian citizens know the correct name of the June 12 national holiday The Day of Russia.

The survey was conducted on May 23-27 in 45 Russian regions and involved 1,601 respondents, with a margin of error of 3.4 percent, RIA Novosti reports.

The survey revealed that another 30 percent know the holiday by its previous name, the Day of the Signing of the Declaration of National Sovereignty. Seven percent cannot name the holiday at all, while another seven percent do not consider it a holiday.

On June 12, 1990, the First Congress of People's Deputies of the Russian Federation adopted the Declaration on Russia's National Sovereignty. On June 2, 1994, the day was proclaimed a national holiday by then Russian President Boris Yeltsin. It was renamed the Day of Russia in 2002.

This year, on June 12, Russia' opposition and human rights activists planned to stage a rally in Moscow, according to the opposition's Coordination Council, RIA Novosti reports.