According to the results of the public opinion poll made by the Centre of Scientific Research attached to the Institute of Youth, 38% of Muscovites consider that the melody of the USSR anthem composed by Alexander Alexandrov is the most suitable one for the national anthem of Russia. 21% claim for the melody of present-day anthem of Russia – “The Patriotic Song” by Mikhail Glinka. Only 5% claim for the melody of pre-Revolutionary Russian anthem. 13% of Muscovites claim for the compromise “combined” variant which is practised in national anthems of some counties. The question about national flag was also asked. 44% support the present-day tree-colour flag. 22% support the USSR flag, and 6% claim for the red flag with the image of the Saviour used by Russian troops in 1380 at the battle in Kulikovo field. Other 5% support the imperial three-colour (black, golden and white and flag of Russia).
The British press has recently reported that Russia was going to conduct a nuclear test either on the borders with Ukraine or in the Black Sea.