What Russian people are afraid of?The official research centre for studies of public opinion, WCIOM, released results of monitoring fears of Russians over 2016 calendar year. According to the study, Russian people are most afraid of international conflicts and worried the least about relationship breakups. Possibly, because Russian women and their partners feel rather positive about romantic relationships they have built?

Fears of Russians

The index of fears is built according to a 200-point scale from minus 100 to plus 100. The higher is the value, the more worries the issue evokes, Wciom.ru reports.

The researchers checked peoples’ concerns during the whole year of 2016, month after month.

Finally, the strongest fears of people in Russia have been put in statistics.

  • #1 on the list of fears is associated with international tensions and conflicts. However, its value decreased to 14 points in December 2016 as compared to 23 points in the beginning of the year.
  • Besides, Russians are afraid of galloping prices and devaluation of their savings. The problem scored 10 points.

Other issues remain in the area of negative values.

  • Rampant crime is at the level of minus 1, domestic insurgency at -7.
  • Health problems scored -8.
  • Natural disasters: -14.
  • A decline in earnings and pay cuts: -18.
  • Fear of losing a job stands at -29.
  • The last things that bother people are family conflicts or relationship breakups (-50).

Question: How do you estimate probability of the following problems in your life?

Fears of Russians

Isn’t it weird that in a country with lots of domestic issues like low wages, spiraling prices, and corruption most people are afraid of international conflicts? Source: Wciom.ru

Research methodology

During the poll, over 1,600 people were interviewed in 46 regions of Russia, featuring 130 towns and cities.

The way WCIOM builds their rating of fears is rather peculiar. Wouldn’t it make more sense to develop a scale 1 to 100? Otherwise, we can only conclude that most locals only see price growth and international conflicts as something likely to happen in their lives.


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I am sure the fear of international tensions will be much higher this year. It’s a shame.


It’s a really strange data, so unusual for me as a Ukrainian. As I understood, family conflicts worry people the least of all. Also I’m very surprised why Russian people don’t have concerns about their health? As for me, health and family are the main things in our life!


Yes, this information is true. My friends and me are really afraid of conflicts between countries. Russia is a good country and we don’t need any differences. Also I don’t understand people who don’t like some religion. We must be tolerant I think.


Definitely, those are the most fearful things, especially concerning international tensions. And I’m afraid not only for Russia. I’m sure the mass-media do their best to demonize the opposing countries, but in fact no one wants to start a war. People just want to live peacefully, work, marry, have children and know they will wake up the next day safe and sound. And by people I mean everyone.


I agree that Russians are most afraid of international tensions and impossibility to get visas, but it does not concern all the population. The economical situation and devaluation, the fear of losing their job concern practically everybody. Compared to this, family conflicts seem to have only minor importance and it is understandable. But I am sure that in Europe the results of a similar study would be the same.


As a Russian student I’m most afraid that I will not be able to find job and to realize myself in life. And also I’m afraid to go to doctors, because the quality of medicine in Russia leaves much to be desired. I’m afraid to give birth to future children in Russian hospitals. I think the majority of Russians fear the future, which is very vague