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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Poll Finds No New Internet Users This Year

Virtually no Russians have become new Internet users in the past year, state pollster VTsIOM said Thursday.

Sixty-nine percent of respondents said they never use the Internet, the same number VTsIOM found when it conducted a similar survey a year ago. The poll was conducted earlier this month among 1,600 people in 42 regions and republics.

Seventy-six percent of respondents said they were not Internet users when polled in September 2006.

“We attribute the slowdown … to the financial crisis,” VTsIOM spokeswoman Olga Kamenchuk said. “People chose to save on getting connected to the Internet or don’t buy computers at all.”

Russia has one of the smallest percentages of Internet users among developed nations. Eighty percent of Americans are online, according to the Digital Future study.

As few as 2 percent of Russians use the Internet to shop, while 23 percent use it for work. Fourteen percent said they follow the news online, and 12 percent use it for educational purposes, the poll showed. Thirty-eight percent use the Internet to socialize. Of those who do use the Internet, 76 percent said they were members of social networks.

Thirty-six percent of people aged 18 to 24 use the Internet, while just 3 percent of Russians aged 60 or older go online. Forty percent of Americans older than 66 go online, Digital Future found.