Poll: One in three Russians approve of '68 invasion of Czechoslovakia

20-08-2018

More than a third of Russians say the Soviet Union was correct to intervene in Czechoslovakia in 1968 while almost half know nothing about the invasion, according to new polling data obtained by the Guardian newspaper before its release.

The polling data reflects the resurgence of “Brezhnev-era propaganda, stereotypes of the Soviet period,” said Lev Gudkov of the Levada Center, which will release the results later on Monday, the 50th anniversary of the crushing of the Prague Spring.

More than one in five Russians blame a “subversive action by Western countries” to split the communist bloc for a Czechoslovak programme of liberalisation that ended in a Soviet-led invasion of the communist country, the Guardian reports.