An interesting new poll from Levada (Russian-language link) reports that 63% of Russian citizens trust the news they hear on Kremlin-controlled broadcast television, while just 28% distrust it.
That figure, 63%, is exactly the share of the vote gathered by Vladimir Putin in the 2012 presidential elections.
Just 55% of Russians ever use the Internet, and only 43% of Russians trust the news they get from the Internet, according to Levada. An even smaller number than that, a puny 24%, actually use the Internet to get the news.
So one could reasonably suggest that the more Russians use the Internet, the less they trust their government and the less likely they are to vote for Putin. Little wonder, then, that Putin expresses so much animosity and suspicion for the Internet, saying he never uses it himself and thinks it mostly pornography.
One can also suggest plausibly that of the 55% of Russians who ever use the Internet, many use it very rarely due to its expense and the challenges of Russian technology. One can also suppose that a disproportionate number of Russians using the Internet to get the news, and for other political purposes, are located in the more wealthy areas of the country, particularly Moscow. That would explain why opposition politicians were able to generate much bigger crowds in Moscow than anyplace else.
These statistics show the increasing divide between wealthy Moscow and the impoverished remainder of Russia. They imply that nothing will really change in Russia until rich Muscovites decide to share their wealth with the nation. Will they be willing to do so, or will class warfare again rise in Russia just as it did in pre-Soviet times, leading to radical upheaval and national collapse?