In Russia, Visions of the Future Evolve

Lauren Goodrich
Senior Eurasia Analyst, Stratfor
Feb 19, 2017 | 14:00 GMT
In Russia, Visions of the Future Evolve
From a focus on wanting their children to follow business or professional careers, attitudes of Russian parents have shifted in the past few years under President Vladimir Putin. Now, most hope their children enter into military or security professions.

How do you measure a country's hope? Quality-of-life indexes offer an overview of how well the population of a given country lives on average, based on factors such as life expectancy, employment rate and per capita gross domestic product. But although this metric gives an idea of how people may feel about their lives and countries today, it doesn't necessarily reflect their desires or expectations for the future. In Russia, parents' dreams for their children, as recorded in polls taken periodically in the 25 years since the Soviet Union's collapse, provide unusual insight into the level of optimism among the country's population. Their varying responses through times of trial and triumph illustrate Russia's post-Soviet transformation and reveal its people's hopes for the future....

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