It is difficult to gauge with any accuracy the general Russian population's attitudes about their country's invasion of Ukraine. There is a strong nationalist contingent in the country who seem to support such moves. Putin does enjoy significant citizen support—even if there's reason to believe that the numbers are inflated. Indeed, the state's almost complete control over media and the narrative it broadcasts about the invasion and, more broadly, about Russia's place in the world, make it difficult for many citizens to encounter other perspectives. At the same time, there has been much visible expression of domestic dissent such as protests with thousands of participants. Understand, too, that to vocalize dissent in Russia today is dangerous: such expression of anti-war or anti-Putin sentiments have been violently quashed by state police. There's even been reports of the authorities tracking down individuals who've posted dissenting content via social media. The following articles aim to introduce the different dimensions of this topic.
Norman Hermant, "Polls Say Most Russians Support the Invasion of Ukraine. But with Putin's Tools of 'Fear and Corruption', Is That Really the Truth?," ABC News Australia, 4 March 2022.
"Russia’s Tricky Opinion Polling. Sociologist Alexey Bessudnov Shares Five Charts That Help Explain How to Read the Kremlin’s Survey Data on Support for the War in Ukraine," Meduza, 07 March 2022.
Cheryl Teh, "Decoding the 'Z' — the Mysterious Russian Military Symbol That's Been Co-Opted by Russia's Nationalist Movement," Insider, 07 March 2022.
"Thousands Arrested Across Russia at Anti-War Protests," Aljazeera, 06 March 2022.
Elahe Izadi and Sarah Ellison, "Russia’s Independent Media, Long Under Siege, Teeters Under New Putin Crackdown," Washington Post, 04 March 2022. U-M affiliates can get access to the Washington Post, and the article above, via the library catalog here.
Jack Newman, "Russian Fury Grows over Putin's Madness: Shoppers Face Empty Shelves and 13,500 People Have Now Been Arrested for Anti-War Protests as Vladimir Tries to Snuff out Ukraine Dissent," Daily Mail UK, 08 March 2022.