NEARLY A THIRD OF MUSCOVITES VIEW THE GUSINSKI CASE AS AN ORDINARY CRIMINAL AFFAIR WHILE IT IS NOT THAT SIMPLE WITH BEREZOVSKI

ROMIR, an independent research centre, has decided to learn how Muscovites view the situation around Vladimir Gusinski and Boris Berezovski. As a telephone poll shows, prosecution of Media Most President Mr. Gusinski is viewed by 28.7% of those polled as an ordinary criminal affair, 27.9%, as part of the authorities’ fight against oligarchs while 13.2%, personally against Mr. Gusinski. As little as 5.1% of the respondents call it limitation of the freedom of speech while 6.2% have other versions. 18.9% found it difficult to answer, IMA-press reports. As for Mr. Berezovki’s loud statements, 30.8% of those polled think they represent the entrepreneur’s attempt to evade responsibility over the Aeroflot case, 23.4% think it may be accounted for by his personal conflict with the President, 11.8%, by the authorities’ fight against the opposition. 10.3% of the respondents think it all to be a political provocation, 7.4% mention other options, and 16.3% found it difficult to answer.