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Russia's pessimism escalates as the year draws to a close - Comments

The share of people thinking the country is following the right way has reduced from 26 to 18 per centThe year of 2004 has truly proved to be a leap-year. Opinion polls conducted by the Russia Public Opinion Research Center (WCIOM) demonstrate that the positive dynamics registered in the first three months of the year changed into a vague summer pause and then seriously changed for the worse in September-October as a result of the Beslan tragedy. A temporary stabilization in people’s attitudes fixed in November was shaky; polls conducted in December have revealed that Russians are rather troubled and pessimistic on the eve of 2005.  

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