Russians remember year 2013 for natural calamities, tragedies, political events - poll
Residents of Russia's 13 largest cities recalled main events of the outgoing year in a poll conducted by the Superjob portal's research center. Both pleasant events (the Kazan Universiade and the Olympic torch relay) and tragedies (the flood in Khabarovsk and the plane crash in Kazan) lingered in the public memory.
The mayoral election was the top event of the year for Muscovites (15 percent). Its first runner-up was the skeptical answer "nothing really important happened" (13 percent). Eleven percent of Muscovites deemed most important the events that happened to themselves or their near and dear. Eight percent recalled the riots in Biryulyovo.
St. Petersburg residents were focused on personal life (19 percent), and 14 percent said they did not remember any significant changes. Twelve percent mentioned the G20 summit in St. Petersburg.
People in Kazan called the Universiade the most significant event of the outgoing year (61 percent), and 15 percent mentioned the Boeing 737 crash on November 17.
Thirty-one percent of Volgograd residents remembered the bus bombing on October 21. Fifteen percent could not recall any significant events, 10 percent mentioned the heavy snowfalls that paralyzed the city in December and 10 percent spoke about celebrations of the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Stalingrad and the bike show held on that occasion.
Voronezh residents (11 percent) remembered demonstrations demanding to ban the illegal and dangerous production of nickel, and 11 percent of people in Ufa recalled the events around the Kronoshpan plant. Nine percent of Ufa residents focused on the events in their personal life, and 5 percent mentioned the Olympic torch relay and the construction of the Planeta trade and recreation complex with an aqua park.
The flood topped the list of events of the outgoing year in Khabarovsk (56 percent), and 15 percent remembered the Olympic torch relay. Eight percent recalled personal events, and 5 percent could not think of nothing important.
Forty-two percent of people in Yekaterinburg highlighted the victory of Yevgeny Roizman in the mayoral election; 13 percent spoke about personal events, 7 percent said there were no events of importance, 7 percent mentioned the Olympic torch relay and 4 percent said that preparations for the 2018 FIFA World Cup were the most significant event of the year.
People who mostly remembered personal events or said nothing of importance had happened live in Rostov-on-Don (11% each), Nizhny Novgorod (12 percent and 17 percent, respectively), Samara (10 percent and 16 percent, respectively), Saratov (10 percent and 22 percent, respectively) and Novosibirsk (17 percent and 18 percent, respectively).
The Superjob portal polled 8,000 respondents on November 25 - December 25.
A poll of 1,603 persons conducted by Levada Center in late December highlighted the plane crash in Kazan, the growth of public utility charges and the flood in the Amur region and the Khabarovsk territory as key events of the outgoing year (34 percent in each category).
People also mentioned the Sochi 2014 Olympic torch relay (30 percent), the Oboronservice criminal case (25 percent), the terrorist act in Volgograd (24 percent), protest actions in Ukraine triggered by the authorities' decision to suspend the signing of the association agreement with the European Union (19 percent) and the meteorite fall in the Chelyabinsk region (17 percent).
Other events that caught attention of Russians in the outgoing year were the amnesty dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the Russian constitution (16 percent), leaks from former CIA employee Edward Snowden (15 percent), the ban on foreign accounts and assets of public servants and the anti-smoking law (15 percent each), the divorce of the Putin couple (15 percent), the Kazan Universiade (13 percent), the pardon of former Yukos CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky (12 percent) and some others.