Staunton, November 8 – Russians have significantly lower levels of trust than do other nations, especially in the major cities like Moscow where “only about one percent” trust anyone (ttolk.ru/?p=23789). But in small cities and rural areas, their levels of trust in others are somewhat greater (ttolk.ru/?p=25244
Only one Belgorod resident in five considers that it is possible for society to exist without trust, but three out of five (60.9 percent) say that society can exist even if people have little trust in others.
The survey found that Russians are more likely to trust relatives than any other group and that they do not trust journalists or politicians as a group. “Russian society,” the investigators said, “especially in the provinces remains traditionalist with trust given either to groups close to the individual or to institutions which are personalized” rather than institutionalized.
And that conclusion, of course, explains why Russians simultaneously have a high degree of trust in Putin and his personalized power and a low degree of trust in political and government institutions.