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Author`s name Dmitry Sudakov

Foreign countries think of Russia as global empire of good, many Russians believe

Two-thirds of Russians believe that Russia plays a positive role in the world and does not pose a threat to any other countries, a recent opinion poll held by the BBC Russian said.

The poll showed that 66 percent of adult Russians believe that the world perceives Russia as the global power of good. Only 13 percent of the polled said that foreign countries see a threat coming from Russia. Twelve percent believe that other countries think of Russia as a country that jeopardizes its neighboring states, RIA Novosti reports.

A half of the polled said that Russia must use its power and influence in cooperation with other countries in terms of solution of international problems. About 26 percent said that Russia must use its power and influence to defend its own interests first and foremost. Only 14 percent said that the country must work on an alternative to the global leadership of the United States.

The countries, which Russians name as their key allies in the world are Kazakhstan and Belarus, the former Soviet republic (38 and 23 percent respectively). Others pointed out China (14 percent), Germany (13 percent) and France (11 percent). Every tenth respondent said that Russia did not have any allies in the world.

When asked about the most serious home problem in Russia, 31 percent of the polled named the decreasing living standard and the current financial problems. Twenty-three percent named corruption, whereas 17 percent pointed out high prices and inflation.

The poll has thus showed that many Russians are certain that their nation can play an important role in world affairs rather than be a sleeping giant in big politics. Experts say that such certainty is based on Russia’s influence in oil and gas industries.

Several years ago, a prominent Indonesian businessman who now resides in Canada, insisted on meeting me in a back room of one of Jakarta's posh restaurants. An avid reader of mine, he 'had something urgent to tell me', after finding out that our paths were going to be crossing in this destroyed and hopelessly polluted Indonesian capital.

Capitalism reduced Indonesian cities to infested carcases

Several years ago, a prominent Indonesian businessman who now resides in Canada, insisted on meeting me in a back room of one of Jakarta's posh restaurants. An avid reader of mine, he 'had something urgent to tell me', after finding out that our paths were going to be crossing in this destroyed and hopelessly polluted Indonesian capital.

Capitalism reduced Indonesian cities to infested carcases
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