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RUSSIANS APPROVE OF MASKHADOV'S ELIMINATION

RIA Novosti

MOSCOW, March 25 (RIA Novosti) - Two-thirds of Russians (68%) are convinced that the elimination of Aslan Maskhadov, the leader of the so-called Chechen resistance, was the duty of the Russian special services. Only 11% of Russians believe that Maskhadov should not have been eliminated.

These are the results of a nationwide poll of 1,500 Russians conducted by the Public Opinion fund in 44 regions, territories and republics of the Russian Federation and of 600 Muscovites on March 19-20. The statistic error does not exceed 3.6%.

Maskhadov's elimination did not influence Russians' attitude to the special services - 33% give a positive assessments of the services' work, while 17% keep assessing it negatively. After Maskhadov's elimination the attitude of 13% of Russians to the special services has become betters and that of 6% has grown worse.

Only 17% of the polled believe that terrorists will be weaker after Maskhadov's death and 46% are convinced that the intensity of their resistance will not change. According to 17% of Russians, terrorists will grow even stronger. Forecasts concerning possible terrorist attacks against Russia remain pessimistic. The majority of the polled (46%) think that nothing will change after Aslan Maskhadov's death, 19% are afraid of the growing terrorist threat and 17% hope it will decrease.

Speaking about the influence of Maskhadov's elimination on the general situation in Chechnya, 53% of respondents claimed that nothing would change, 6% said it would grow worse and 24% expressed hope for improvement.



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