The percentage of Russians who want to leave the country permanently has increased to 22 percent from 13 percent in 2009, a poll conducted by Levada Center shows.
The poll, which was conducted in 46 regions of Russia on May 23-27, surveys 1,600 respondents aged over 18.
The percentage of those who want they want to leave Russia is the highest among students (45 percent), businessmen (38 percent), public servants (33 percent), specialists and housewives (28 percent each), Levada Center told Interfaxon Thursday.
The majority of the respondents (70 percent), said they do not want to leave Russia, but the percentage of such respondents went down ten percent points (from 80 percent in 2009).
The poll showed that the main motive of the Russians who want to leave Russia permanently is that they do not like the living conditions (49 percent of the respondents believe they can have better living standards in a different country).
Among the other reasons given by the respondents who said they want to leave Russia are the unstable economic situation in Russia (32 percent), their wish to provide a good and reliable future to their children (31 percent), lack of protection from the power abuse by the authorities and officials (18 percent), the current business conditions(14 percent), crime, terrorism and threat to life(12 percent), and the general political situation in the country (10 percent).
Some people who want to leave Russia said they expect to get better healthcare abroad (10 percent) or be reunited with their relatives (4 percent).
In the meantime, only 1 percent of the respondents said they have made a firm decision to leave Russia and move to a different country permanently, 5 percent are considering the possibilities of emigration, and 17 percent think about such an option sometimes.
Kasparov decides not to return to Russia
Meanwhile, Garry Kasparov, a former World Chess Champion and currently a prominent opposition activist, has said he decided not to return to Russia from abroad for the time being.
Speaking at a press conference in Geneva, Kasparov said he had great doubts that, when he returns to Russia, he would be able to leave it to travel somewhere, and therefore decided to refrain from returning to Russia for some time.
He said his decision is related to investigations against political activists in Russia.
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