Are there any multi-country EU polls (like those conducted by Eurostat or Pew, although not necessarily just by those orgs) on the topic of Russian-language policies in former Soviet republics that are either full EU members or EU associates?

Basically, I'd like to know how the language policies of the countries with significant Russian-speaking minorities (especially the Baltics and Ukraine) are perceived by "average" EU citizens outside those countries where the said minorities reside.

I can easily find dozens of papers written by academics on the issue of the treatment of the Russian minorities in said countries, and likewise some statements by human rights organizations, but (here) I'm interested/asking how this Russian language issue is perceived on the street rather than in the "ivory towers" or in human-rights activist/specialist circles. I know that the topic might not be too suitable for polling, because informed answers require knowledge that might not easily exist in the general EU public, especially given changes over time in legislation in the countries with Russian minorities, how that legislation is implemented in practice etc. Nevertheless, just on the level of sentiment [well informed or not], I think it would be interesting to know how this issue is perceived more broadly in the EU, e.g. are Russian speakers perceived as getting a "fair treatment" or not (or "I don't know"), if you ask a random EU citizen on the street. More recent polls would be preferable.

  • To have the ful picture Moldova and posibly Georgia should be also mentioned in this context.
    – convert
    Aug 13 at 16:46
  • Are you looking for something like this: researchgate.net/publication/…?
    – convert
    Aug 13 at 16:54
  • @convert: that only has a poll taken within Moldova (p. 62). I have no doubt more such single-country polls exist in those countries that have a significant Russian minority. I'm mostly interested how the problem is perceived by outsiders in the rest of the EU.
    – Fizz
    Aug 13 at 17:17
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    I'm German and I consider myself politically fairly well informed. I know that the Baltics have significant Russian speaking minorities but I have no idea what Baltic policies towards the Russian language are much less an opinion on whether such policies are good or bad. I don't think this topic can be polled because only people who have some specific connection to the issue will have any knowledge or opinion about it.
    – quarague
    Aug 13 at 17:58
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    @wrod seems to me minorities is a valid tag usage here, except that the explanation about [minorities] is too restrictive/specific. Asking on meta. If we go strictly by tag description, you're right. Going by general accepted meaning of the word however the tag's use seems to clarify this question. Aug 13 at 21:38


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