Russians Don’t Want Close Relations With US

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Thinking about foreign policy, what should Russia do in the next few years with regards to the United States?

  Feb. 2010 Mar. 2003
Build closer ties 14% 24%
Keep things as they are 40% 29%
Seek a greater distance 36% 38%
Hard to answer 11% 10%

Source: Yury Levada Analytical Center
Methodology: Interviews to 1,600 Russian adults, conducted from Feb. 26 to Mar. 2, 2010. Margin of error is 3.4 per cent.

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Russian Navy facing ‘irreversible collapse’

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The Russian Navy is currently on the verge of ‘irreversible collapse’, according to a recent analysis published by the authoritative Moscow-based weekly – the Independent Military Review .

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Belarus: Majority Now Want to Join Mega Russia

If a referendum on Russia-Belarus unification took place today, how would you vote?

Dec. 2008 Sept. 2007
For unification 46.3% 33.8%
Against unification 35.3% 47.4%
Wouldn’t vote 9.7% 11.0%
Not sure 8.2% 7.8%

Source: Independent Institute for Social, Economic and Political Studies (IISEPS)
Methodology: Face-to-face interviews with 1,522 Belarusian adults, conducted from Dec. 2 to Dec. 12, 2008. No margin of error was provided.

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Russians Support Surrendering More Power to Medvedev

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Do you approve or disapprove of Russian president Dmitry Medvedev’s proposal to extend the term of the president from four to six years, and extend the term of the State Duma from four to five years?

Approve 56%
Disapprove 29%
Hard to answer 15%

Source: All-Russian Public Opinion Research Center
Methodology: Interviews with 1,600 Russian adults, conducted on Nov. 15 and Nov. 16, 2008. Margin of error is 3.4 per cent.

Russians Want Putin Back as President

“I is back.”

If the presidential election took place this Sunday, who would you vote for? (Open-ended)

Vladimir Putin 33%
Dmitry Medvedev 14%
Gennady Zyuganov 4%
Vladimir Zhirinovsky 3%
Other / Not sure / Would not vote 46%

Source: Yury Levada Analytical Center
Methodology: Interviews with 1,600 Russian adults, conducted from Aug. 15 to Aug. 18, 2008. No margin of error was provided.