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EU MPs are chiefly driven by national, rather than European, interests, in their views on Russia.
More than one-third of Russians are paying their children for academic success and household chores.
The wide popularity of ecovillages in Russia is little more than a myth. Most urban Russians who have considered living in the countryside have a dacha or cottage community in mind, rather than real farm and agricultural work.
One out of every ten Russians practices user-innovation.
In recent years in Russia, female smoking has increased, while the opposite holds true for men; in addition to this, smoking has increased at higher rates among those with lower levels of education compared to more educated Russians.
The greater the proportion of working people with university education in a region, the higher its innovation activity.
Employees of small and medium-sized businesses (SME) report low self-confidence and little motivation for professional development.
The language barrier, a lack of qualified engineers and difficulties with customs clearance – these are some of the key challenges faced by Japanese businesses in Russia.
Russia has improved its ranking in the Global Innovation Index, but still has a long way to go.
Voluntary health insurance schemes tend to enhance access to healthcare for those who are not much in need.
Over half of Russians find jobs with the help of their families and friends.
Russians continue to make savings despite a decline in real incomes and lower trust in banks.