64% of respondents have heard that mercenaries and private military companies (PMCs) take part in the fighting in Ukraine on the side of Russia: 27% have heard a lot about it, 37% have heard something. Residents of Moscow (73% in total) and respondents with higher education (70% in total) are best aware of this. There are no significant differences in other parameters.
63% of respondents consider the use of PMCs acceptable: 30% believe that it is absolutely permissible, a third – which is rather acceptable. About a quarter (26%) consider this unacceptable.
The highest level of support for PMCs is represented among residents of Moscow (81% in total) and respondents with higher education (69% in total). The least number of respondents who consider the use of mercenaries on the side of the Russian Federation permissible is concentrated among residents of cities with a population of up to 500 thousand people (about 60%) and among respondents with lower-secondary education (42%). There are no significant differences in other parameters.