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ONLY 26% OF RUSSIANS SEE IMPROVEMENTS IN CHECHNYA

RIA Novosti

MOSCOW, February 25 (RIA Novosti) - About 49% of Russians believe that the situation in Chechnya has not been changing recently while 26% believe it is changing for the better and 8% think it is growing worse.

These are the results of a representative poll carried out by the Public Opinion foundation in 100 settlements of 44 regions, territories and republics of the Russian Federation on February 19-20. All in all, 1,500 Russians plus 600 Muscovites were polled. The statistic error is 3.6%. The same results were fixed in summer 2004.

The attitude of 55% of the polled towards Chechen terrorist leader Aslan Maskhadov is negative and of 2% - positive while 23% do not care for him. About 42% of Russians come out for negotiations with terrorists and 28% of them (12% of those polled) are convinced that Maskhadov should sit at the negotiation table with the authorities. 36% of the polled are convinced that Maskhadov commands the majority of militants. Only 22% share the opposite opinion.

One of the leaders of Chechen Republic, Vice Premier of the Chechen government Ramzan Kadyrov is little known or absolutely unknown to many Russians (33%). Another 33% claim their attitude to him is indifferent while 20% of the polled say they like Mr. Kadyrov and 5% dislike him.



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