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Survey: the number of supporters of the transfer of the Kuril Islands to Japan has increased in Russia

There is no public decision by the authorities, but sociologists are not idle.

Photo @ semiletova.olechka
Photo @ semiletova.olechka

Since 2016, more Russians have supported the transfer of the Kuril Islands to Japan, according to data from the Levada Center survey . In May of 2016 for this were only 7% of respondents, in November 2018 – 17%.

At the same time, the attitude of the Russians towards Japan improved. In November 2018, more Russians began to describe their attitude towards Japan as “very good” and “mostly good” – 61% compared to 48% in December 2017 ..

The situation is closely monitored by 19% of Russians. 49% “heard something, but do not understand.” 31% found out about the situation at the time of the survey.

For many years, Japan has claimed the islands of Kunashir, Shikotan, Iturup and Habomai, relying on the bilateral Treatise on Trade and the Borders of 1855. In 1956, Japan and the USSR signed a joint declaration, but the peace treaty after World War II was never signed . The current position of Moscow is that the islands became part of the USSR as a result of the Second World War, and the sovereignty of the Russian Federation over them is beyond doubt.

After the talks between Russia and Japan on November 16, 2018, in social networks they suggested that the issue of transferring the islands had already been resolved, they simply did not announce it officially. At the same time, Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe did not state anything concrete.

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