Most Mentioned Allies of Russia

How did Russian citizens respond to this poll question: "Which five countries would you consider to be Russia's closest allies"?
As of 2020. Source
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Last updated: March 4, 2021
First submittedOctober 23, 2015
Times taken20,618
Average score64.7%
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% Mentioned
Country
58
Belarus
40
China
35
Kazakhstan
17
Armenia
13
Azerbaijan
13
India
% Mentioned
Country
12
Syria
11
Venezuela
10
Germany
9
Kyrgyzstan
9
Cuba
9
Uzbekistan
% Mentioned
Country
7
Vietnam
7
Turkey
6
Bulgaria
6
Georgia
6
Serbia
+45
Level 43
Aug 13, 2016
Surprised for Germany
+26
Level 72
Mar 4, 2021
Maybe they remember the Hitler-Stalin pact :D
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Level 68
Mar 4, 2021
I guess both, many former East Germans and the now immigrated Russia Germans, have personal links to Russia or at least have some sophisticated knowledge on Russia(ns). Thus not that surprising that Germany is probably the most Russia-friendly/less Russia-hostile country in the West.
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Level 74
Mar 4, 2021
Surprised for Georgia.
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Level 73
Mar 5, 2021
Me too. They are practically at war. If Georgia is a friend of Russia, then what are their enemies like?
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Level 85
Mar 6, 2021
Maybe related to growing Stalin nostalgia.
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Level 83
Apr 11, 2021
I was a little bit, as well, but there are still a lot of ethnic Georgians living in Russia. And 6% isn't a high number.
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Level 76
Mar 4, 2021
Former chancellor Schröder started working for Gazprom mere weeks after retiring from politics and maintains close ties to the Kremlin. Putin was stationed in Dresden and speaks German while Merkel speaks Russian, and their relationship is the closest of a major western leader with Russia. Russia has a history of culturally emulating European nations, chiefly France (like everyone), but also Germany. It also had a history of "importing" German scientists, artists, militarymen, architects, and administrative people. Catherine the Great was born as a Prussian princess. She also invited many Germans to settle on Russian soil. Russia is Germany's top oil importer, and Germany is one of Russia's most important trading partners. Also what TheLastFish wrote. However, the warm feelings are mostly unrequited. Some Germans do have a fascination for Russia but most are rather suspicious, especially in the western part.
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Level 32
Mar 5, 2021
As a German from the West, that's certainly true.

It should also be noted that overall, even in the East (former GDR) the cultural influence of Russia is waning in the sense that less and less young people learn Russian and such (as formerly was required during the existence of the GDR.

In the West Russia is seen as particularly suspicious due to ties to the left-wing (majority) to far-left (minority) Left Party and the far-right Alternative for Germany, which are both loathed by large swath of West Germans as authoritarian and extremist and at least in parts anti-democratic and anti-pluralist.

The fact that many politicians from the West, like Schröder from the Social Democrats, are engaged in dubious business affairs with the Russian government certainly does actually even worsen the image of Russia for most West Germans, not improve it.

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Level 64
Apr 11, 2021
I can see why a lot of people don't like the far right party in Germany but considering the immigration related problems caused by Merkel's well meaning but impractical approach the Afd's growth should not come as a surprise.
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Level 74
Apr 11, 2021
There isn't really any growth though. It managed to activate far-right non-voters that always existed in Germany, but it's potential seems to have reached a limit. The refugee situation is a bit more complicated than "well meaning but impractical". In fact, I would say her approach was the only practical approach at the time.
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Level 36
Apr 12, 2021
and because of that germany is also ranked as one of the greatest enemies in that survey
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Level 68
Nov 17, 2021
Maybe the Volga German population have something to do with this
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Level 27
Dec 12, 2021
tbh im suprised with germany too but also vietnam and georgia and kinda serbia
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Level 45
Mar 28, 2022
maybe they still remember the molotov-ribbentrop pact
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Level 70
Apr 23, 2022
They may not be strategic allies, but, based on what I've read since the invasion of Ukraine, Germany and Russia have very close economic ties. Even if individual Germans dislike Russia, their government seems to be not very keen on openly opposing Putin and risk losing Russian gas and oil. Hopefully that'll change soon though.
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Level 85
Mar 4, 2021
What about North Korea and Somalia and Iran?
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Level 91
Mar 5, 2021
Well, merely because it has been bombed by the US, that doesn't make them auomatically russian allies... Otherwise you should be having like 100 countries in the list.
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Level 71
Mar 6, 2021
I don't know about Somalia (they seem to be the enemy of the world) but Iran and North Korea have had friendly relationships with Russia and it has nothing to do with who the US has bombed.
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Level 83
Mar 4, 2021
Congrats to Syria, Georgia, and Germany for being some of Russia's greatest allies AND greatest enemies!
+1
Level 58
Apr 13, 2021
:D
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Level 35
Mar 5, 2021
Venezuela surprised me

o-O

+3
Level 51
Mar 9, 2021
Communism
+9
Level 81
Apr 11, 2021
Communism?? Socialism perhaps but nowhere near communist. The US hates and interferes in the current regime hence they are friends with the Russians.
+8
Level 43
Mar 11, 2021
oil and USA hates them so they love them
+2
Level 72
Mar 5, 2021
They say you can tell a man by his friends, I wonder if the same goes for countries?
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Level 43
Mar 11, 2021
Georgia and Russia went to war in 2008 how are they good with each other
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Level 61
Apr 11, 2021
I know nothing about Russia-India relations.
+4
Level 58
Apr 11, 2021
They have been good since India's independence as at first the Soviets had a very good relationship and Russia is the largest exporter of arms to India. USA ventured into India's EEZ without permission only yesterday.
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Level 60
Apr 11, 2021
They've been allies for decades. The Soviet Union saw a benefit in allying with India after their independence and in turn USA allied themselves with Pakistan.
+17
Level 65
Apr 11, 2021
Russia: So we're allies with Armenia

Me: Okay

Russia: Also Azerbaijan and Turkey

Me:

Russia: Also Syria

+11
Level 49
Apr 11, 2021
suprised that Serbia is this low
+2
Level 65
Apr 11, 2021
I thought Armenia would have a higher percentage
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Level 45
Apr 11, 2021
Ngl, I expected Serbia to be higher.
+4
Level 53
Apr 11, 2021
Ah, yes. Russia's largest ally, the bears
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Level 70
Apr 11, 2021
Well, duh. Who else would let Putin take shirtless photos?
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Level 68
Apr 11, 2021
I'm surprised that Serbia is not higher.
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Level 50
Apr 12, 2021
Love to see the German-Russian relations somehow improving :).

The US fueled propaganda against this country is getting out of control.

The German and Russian people have much more in common than the governments want to make them believe.

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Level 83
Apr 14, 2021
It's not propaganda. You are probably believing the Russian propaganda... which you could have been exposed to on Facebook, YouTube, Fox News, OANN, WikiLeaks... it's all over the place and we have clear documented evidence in most cases of where it originated.
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Level 48
Apr 15, 2021
This fool thinks that CNN and BBC are reliable
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Level 51
Dec 29, 2021
Ok CNN sometimes has its problems...

But BBC? BBC is probably the most reliable source out there (except the economist, but that doesn't appeal to the general population).

I am just going to say as somebody who doesn't consider themselves extremely democratic nor extremely republican that you are part of a class of people who I coin as 'deniers', who try to go into comment sections and say that the problems in the polarized and the flawed democracy of the US are worse than the lack of democracy in nations such as Russia, China, North Korea, etc. (which they aren't).

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Level 36
May 1, 2021
Oh cool this got featured!
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Level 47
Apr 26, 2022
Huh, I thought you'd be more excited.
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Level 55
May 22, 2021
Heck all the countries that exist are all hippocrites.
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Level 44
May 26, 2021
With such allies as Russia, who needs enemies?
+1
Level 67
Aug 30, 2021
Could also be called "A list of countries which have very little in common aside from being on this list"
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Level 25
Feb 2, 2022
Surprised North Korea isn't on this list.Also surprised to see Germany and Georgia.Good quiz though.
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Level 25
Feb 2, 2022
Iran?
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Level 57
Feb 20, 2022
Expected to see Italy considering the friendship between Berlusconi and Putin
+1
Level 52
Mar 2, 2022
Turkey?
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Level 25
Apr 2, 2022
ikr. Turkey and Russia have hated each other for like 400 years now back during the Ottoman and Russian empires...