Poll: 76 percent of Russians to celebrate Victory Day in 2017

May 5, 2017 Aizhan Kazak, RBTH
Interest in the holiday commemorating the anniversary of the end of Great Patriotic War is the highest it has been since 2000, survey results show.
The Victory Day parade on 09 May 2016
A couple takes a selfie in Moscow during a rehearsal for the 2017 Victory Day parade Source: EPA

A recent survey conducted by the Levada Center shows that 76 percent of Russians plan to celebrate Victory Day (May 9). Interest in the holiday commemorating the anniversary of the end of Great Patriotic War (as the Second World War is referred to in the former Soviet Union) is the highest it has been since 2000, according to the survey.

The survey results show that interest in the holiday does not vary across the income levels, social status or educational qualifications of respondents.

84 percent of government officials and senior executives, 81 percent of employees, 78 percent of working men, 79 percent of high-school-educated Russians, 75 percent of citizens with low consumer status, and 82 percent of small town residents said “yes” to celebrating Victory Day, a Levada spokesperson told Interfax.

78 percent of male respondents said they would celebrate the national holiday.

However, a lesser amount of Russians want to take part in the Immortal Regiment Rally. In a survey conducted a year ago, 67 percent of respondents said they wanted to be a part of the rally. The latest survey results show that only 25 percent plan to take part in it.

Great Patriotic War is a term used in Russia to describe a part of the Second World War, from 22 June 1941 to 9 May 1945, in which Soviet Russia fought against Nazi Germany and its allies.

Prior to 1965, Victory Day was not considered a major holiday. Major parades were held only in 1965, 1985 and 1990.

In 1995, the Russian government decided to start a tradition of holding annual military parades on May 9. Russian military units and all sorts of equipment, ranging from tanks to airplanes, participate in the parade.

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