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#Commentary of Vladislav Berdichevsky on use of sociology in Ukraine to manipulate public consciousness

If we analyze the latest data from the Institute of Sociology of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, we can conclude that the attitude of Ukrainians to the people of the Donbass is absolutely the same – both to those who live in the Republics and to those who for various reasons (including ideological ones) moved to the territory of Ukraine.

According to the results of this study, the majority (65.5%) admits the idea of a neighbourhood with those who fled the military operations in the Donbass. Less than half of those polled are ready to be friends (40.8%) and cooperate in equal positions (42.3%) with settlers. 26.6% of such people are ready to be received even as members of the family.

Only a quarter of respondents believe that immigrants should receive tax, credit or other financial benefits. Almost 13% of respondents categorically opposed any rights and statuses for IDPs.

It turns out that the attitude towards the settlers from the Donbass is not so bad: except that about 75% believe that they should not be given any preferences – let them survive as they can.

It should be noted that half of the respondents did not have relatives, friends or acquaintances among the Donbass hostilities participants. 95% of them did not live in the war zone. 75% of respondents do not have family members, acquaintances or friends who left the conflict zone in the Donbass.

The picture emerging is quite ‘tolerant’ unless real life stories questioned the results of these studies. Every now and again settlers face in the capital of Ukraine with the fact that people with Donetsk registration are not recruited, they are refused to rent housing. There is a sneaky thought that these ‘studies’ are just designed to change the situation, which the media themselves created themselves by means of the hate speech. Now they are trying to loosen the heat of hatred, that’s why such polls are being generated, the very formulation of the questions which causes the shock of any normal person: “Is the idea of neighbourliness with those who fled the military operations in the Donbass acceptable?”

The incitement of hatred is always fraught with consequences for the very arsonist. The effect of the boomerang is now observed in Ukraine.

Vladislav Berdichevsky, the DPR People’s Council deputy

Official website of the DPR People’s Council

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