Russian citizens agree that Russia must pay smart money to the MH17 surviving relatives, if international research shows that Russia is responsible for the Malaysian passenger plane disaster. That writes Faithful based on an opinion poll commissioned by Leiden University and knowledge platform Raam op Rusland.
The research shows that about 55 percent of the respondents agree with the statement ‘agree’ or even ‘completely agree’. It also appears that a quarter of Russians think that it has not been proven who is to blame for the MH17 disaster. A majority, around 53 percent, think that Ukraine’s army bears debt.
However, the number of Russians who suspect that Russia is guilty is increasing. In 2015, about two percent of Russians thought that the country was guilty, now about ten percent think so, says Faithful based on the research.
Smart money in exchange for lifting sanctions
Three quarters of the Russian population supports the political course of the government, despite European sanctions. However, according to the survey, a quarter of the respondents think that Russia should pay smart money in exchange for lifting the sanctions.
After the disaster, Russia was sanctioned for having violated international law in Ukraine and in Crimea.
The trial in the MH17 case begins on March 9. Three Russians and one Ukrainian are on trial. They are suspected of the murder of the 298 passengers of the aircraft. There were also 196 Dutch people among them.
On July 17, 2014, the Malaysian passenger plane MH17 was shot down over Ukraine. The international investigation team JIT has determined that the aircraft was shot down by a Buk rocket from the Russian army.
Russia has always denied any involvement and does not agree with the conclusions of JIT. The country therefore refuses to extradite the suspects to the Netherlands.