Most Russians (88%) think the government should make a special effort to raise the national birthrate. That is what ROMIR Monitoring found in a poll of 1,500 Russians conducted August 21-25. Only 9% of those polled took the opposite position, with 3% of respondents unable to answer.
Approximately 59% of those polled expressed anxiety about the nation's shrinking work force, while 26% said they were somewhat disturbed by the situation. Approximately 13% of those polled took the opposite view, with 2% not responding. The majority (53%) of poll respondents think the reduction in the number of Russians able to work will affect the nation's economy, one-third (31%) believe that it probably will have a negative effect. Only 4% of those polled took the opposite position, and 9% of those polled consider that 'there will be no effect.' Another 3% were unable to answer the question.
Nonetheless, many of those polled (44%) do not think that the government should encourage use of foreign workers in Russian enterprises as a way of dealing with a deficit of labour. Approximately 13% were even more categorical, opting for a barrier to be placed in the way of immigrants. Only workers from CIS countries and from developed countries should be allowed to work in Russia, 11% and 14% of respondents, respectively, said. At the same time, 12% of respondents believed that the government ought to assist the flow of workers to Russian work sites from any place of origin. Approximately 5% of respondents were unable to answer the question.
The United States and NATO are conducting provocative activities both in airspace and waters of the Black Sea, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoygu said