23% of Russians say that effective democracy will become a reality in Russia only in 15-20 years, according to a recent survey by the Yuri Levada analytical center. Meanwhile, 18% said Russia would never become a democratic nation. 13% said Russia needed 20-50 years to become a democratic nation. However, 10% of respondents said Russia had already become a democratic country. 9% said Russia needed another five years to have a truly democratic government. 8% said Russia required more than 50 years to become a developed democracy.
Moreover, 44% of the survey resopndents equated democracy with freedom of speech, print and religious expression, 31% with economic growth for the country, 29% with order and stability, 24% with strict adherence to law and 18% with choosing the government's top leaders. Meanwhile, 11% of respondents called democracy a meaningless term and 6% of respondents associated democracy with anarchy. 1600 Russians were surveyed from February 13 through February 16.
The Russian Defence Ministry acknowledged that the Americans treat Russian military men in Syria with respect. The Americans always warn Russia accordingly, but not Israel
After the incident with the shootdown of the Ilyushin Il-20 reconnaissance aircraft over the Mediterranean Sea, Russia will supply an S-300 anti-aircraft missile system to Syria
Indeed, how dare they run US-independent policy? They should have followed the example of the European Union that turned independent states of the Old World into US-ditto entities