One third of Russians believe YUKOS problem will make Russia weaker politically

One third of Russians believe the YUKOS problem will make Russia weaker politically. This conclusion was reached by the National Public Opinion Research Centre after carrying out a survey of 1600 Russians. 20% of respondents held the opposite opinion while 50% remained unsure.

Also, 36% of respondents said they believe Russia will have a worse image among foreigners as a result of the YUKOS controversy. 16% said that, on the contrary, Russia's international reputation will improve.

37% said the prosecutor's office, which has made the allegations, is simply doing so at the command of President Vladimir Putin while 25% believe the prosecutor's office is working independently. The other respondents were uncertain.

Furthermore, 28% said the government and the company managers will 'reach an agreement' and the conflict will be resolved in this way. 17% said the government will demonstrate its authority and the matter will be closed in this way. However, 11% believe that pressure from oligarchs and foreign political and business leaders will force the Russian government to back down and stop prosecution proceedings.

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