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Poll: Most Russians want mutually beneficial relations with Ukraine

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Nov. 1, 2011, 9:04 p.m. | Ukraine — by Interfax-Ukraine
Most Russians believe that Russia would benefit from having neighborly and mutually beneficial relations with Ukraine on condition that the latter remains an independent country, as is seen from a public opinion poll conducted by the Levada Center public opinion service in 45 regions of the country in late October. As many as 53% of those polled prefer friendship with an independent Ukraine, 33% would prefer Ukraine to be under Russia's economic and political control, and 15% were undecided, Levada Center told Interfax on Tuesday.

However, most Russians are at the same time not optimistic at all about how relations between Russia and Ukraine are developing, 51% of them being sure that these relations will remain the same in the foreseeable future, 11% expecting them to worsen, and only 24% believing that they will improve.

Asked about their attitudes toward Ukrainian political leaders, 50% said they did not care who is currently in power in Ukraine, 23% prefer incumbent President Viktor Yanukovych, and 10% former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko.

Asked why they believe Yanukovych started Tymoshenko's judicial prosecution, 35% said the main goal is to get rid of a political rival, 17% believe that Tymoshenko's activities as prime minister caused significant damage to the country, and 22% presume that these steps are an attempt to sever a Ukrainian-Russian gas supply contract, which was concluded while Tymoshenko was prime minister and which obliges Ukraine to buy natural gas from Russia at quite a high price.
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Anonymous Nov. 2, 2011, 5:05 a.m.    

Most Russians want mutually beneficial relations with Ukraine???

They must STOP supporting the creation of a Neo Evil Russian Empire!

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Anonymous Nov. 2, 2011, 6:09 a.m.    

Most Russians are drunk.

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Anonymous Nov. 2, 2011, 7:19 a.m.    

Yes. Now bend over Ukraine and give us good relations!

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Anonymous Nov. 2, 2011, 12:07 p.m.    

What the Mafia and criminals don't realise that their is an extreme right wing movement forming and it is going to target criminals and corrupt politicians. it is like a &quot;Fight Club&quot;. Many people are target for hanging. Many businesses will be taken over.

Huge membership base in the Army.

Right now members are compiling lists and names of corrupt politicians and business people. The girl members who work for the bosses are leaking information, and the members of the Club are guaranteed a position in the movement. The members will get Government jobs and business position. It is modeled on the Nazi Workers Party. It is very Dangerous. Look up Slavic Union

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Anonymous Nov. 2, 2011, 12:30 p.m.    

But what do those 53% mean when they refer to an &quot;independent&quot; Ukraine? That is the key question.

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Anonymous Nov. 2, 2011, 3:54 p.m.    

As long as it benefits Russia and they all speak one tongue, Russian and stay in &quot;line&quot;.

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