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Generation Z Wants to Leave Russia in Record Numbers, Poll Shows

  • More than half aged under 25 want to emigrate, Levada finds
  • Respondents cite better future for their children abroad
Youths relax on the banks of the Vezelka river in Belgorod, Russia.

Youths relax on the banks of the Vezelka river in Belgorod, Russia.

Photographer: Vasily Maximov/AFP via Getty Images

The generation of young Russians who’ve grown up almost entirely under President Vladimir Putin’s rule now want to leave the country in record numbers, according to a new survey.

Among 18-24-year-olds, 53% said they would like to emigrate from Russia, the highest level recorded in a decade, the independent Moscow-based Levada Center polling organization reported Tuesday. That’s an increase of 16 percentage points since a similar poll in May, it said.