For almost 20 years, Russians have viewed the first man in space Yuri Gagarin, singer-songwriter and actor Vladimir Vysotsky and Soviet Marshal Georgy Zhukov as the 20th century's key icons, the All-Russia Public Opinion Research Center said in a statement on Tuesday.
"Vladimir Vysotsky remains one of Russia's foremost 20th century icons, as 28% of those surveyed in 2018 mentioned his name, compared to 31% in 1999. Vysotsky is second following Yuri Gagarin (44% in 2018)," the statement said. Soviet Marshal and four-time Hero of the Soviet Union Georgy Zhukov came in third.
The nationwide telephone poll, involving 2,000 people, was conducted on January 19-20. The margin of error does not exceed 2.2% at the 95% confidence level.
source: commonsapace.eu with agencies
photo: Yuri Gagarin (archive picture)
Earlier in the day Putin made a shorty private visit to Austria, where he attended the wedding of the Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneisl, and held what was described by the Kremlin as "a brief conversation" with the Austrian Chancellor, Sebastian Kurz.
Addressing Armenia's foreign policy Nikol Pashinyan said he wanted a qualitative improvement in the relations with Russia and to improve relations with the EU. To those who are saying Armenia is going to the west, Pashinyan said, "Armenia is going nowhere. It is just standing on its feet"