Vladimir Putin is occupying Russians’ dreams, according to web search engine


MOSCOW – Vladimir Poutine is omnipresent in the public life of his country. Now it turns out that the president is making even the dreams of ordinary Russians come true.

A web search engine said the strongman was the only real individual “who appears often in people’s dreams,” according to analysis of user online queries.

Yandex, which is more popular than Google in Russia, said it typically receives half a million requests per week about the meaning of night visions.

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a wreath laying ceremony to mark Defender of the Fatherland Day at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier near the Kremlin wall in central Moscow on February 23.Sergei Karpoukhin / Reuters

He published a survey, based on six months of such queries, found that the five most common subjects of Russian dreams were “fish”, “child”, “snake” and “die” – the latter immediately followed by “living.” “.

Ex-partners, teeth, houses, water and pregnancies also reached the top 20.

Putin was the only individual named in the Yandex dream searches. Dreams about her were most common among users in Chechnya, the region that survived two wars in as many decades finally ended with the brutal approach of the Putin government.

“When people type their queries into a search engine, they are just trying to attribute their own meaning to what they dreamed of.”

Dreams also varied greatly between regions of Russia, the largest country in the world. While Russians in the sparsely populated Far East dreamed of bears, tigers and tics, those in Moscow said they saw the city’s metro dozing. (The city of 12 million people has 206 metro stations.)

In the conservative regions of southern Russia and the Ural Mountains, users dreamed of priests, icons and crayfish more than other regions. Residents of Chelyabinsk, hit by a giant meteor in 2013, often see celestial bodies falling in their sleep, Yandex said.

Those who live in the unofficial capital of Siberia, Novosibirsk, dream of dragons, he said.

Oksana Orlova, a psychologist at the Parabola Psychology Center in Moscow, warned against overinterpreting the study results.

“When people type their queries into a search engine, they are just trying to attribute their own meaning to what they dreamed of, using online explanations as a tool,” she said. “But it’s certainly not science, it’s a trivial interpretation.”

Attributing “mystical meanings” to dreams is often linked to anxiety, Orlova added.

“They are most often found in children and primitive cultures, which thus compensate for their feeling of helplessness in the face of the world,” she said.

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