23% of Russians say that effective democracy will become a reality in Russia only in 15-20 years, according to a recent survey by the Yuri Levada analytical center. Meanwhile, 18% said Russia would never become a democratic nation. 13% said Russia needed 20-50 years to become a democratic nation. However, 10% of respondents said Russia had already become a democratic country. 9% said Russia needed another five years to have a truly democratic government. 8% said Russia required more than 50 years to become a developed democracy.
Moreover, 44% of the survey resopndents equated democracy with freedom of speech, print and religious expression, 31% with economic growth for the country, 29% with order and stability, 24% with strict adherence to law and 18% with choosing the government's top leaders. Meanwhile, 11% of respondents called democracy a meaningless term and 6% of respondents associated democracy with anarchy. 1600 Russians were surveyed from February 13 through February 16.
On January 15, it was reported that the Russian government began to develop sanctions against several officials at the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)