According to the poll conducted by the All-Russian Public Opinion Research Center (VTsIOM), Alyaksandr Lukashenka is the most popular foreign politician among the residents of Russia.
Newspaper Izvestia learned it from Director General of the Statistics Department Valeriy Fyodorov.
According to Fyodorov, this is not the first time such attitude among the residents of Russia is detected. Earlier, first president of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev competed with Lukashenka, but the latter “somewhat went into the shade”.
Fyodorov explained the popularity of the Belarusian ruler by the fact that his policy is perceived as pro-Russian, not pro-Western, all other aspects considering.
“Secondly, he is perceived as a careful economist, as a man who has built a stable economy, which is developing dynamically and as a man who provides a fairly strict order in his country,” said Fyodorov.
In addition, said Fyodorov, there is a “marginal point of view” in Russia, according to which Lukashenka is “a strange, funny and completely outdated weirdo from the last century”.
According to Fyodorov, this opinion is common among politically indifferent Russian youth.
Last year ended with difficult negotiations between Lukashenka and Putin. As a result, the 31st “road map” of integration was not signed and an agreement on prices of Russian crude oil for Belarus was not reached.