An interactive survey of the Russian Public Opinion Research Center showed that during the past 25 years, most Russians have developed greater respect for the national army.
The research revealed that Russian people have become less fearful of a military threat from the outisde (43%). Fifty-three percent of the polled said that the USA remains Russia's potential military provocateur. The researchers note that the assessment of the combat capability of the Russian Armed Forces has changed greatly over the last 25 years.
In 1990, only five percent of Russians considered the Soviet army the strongest in the world. Nowadays, 32% of respondents believe that the Russian Army, the successor to the Soviet Army, is the best army in the whole world. Forty-nine percent of Russians believe that the Russian Army is on a par with best armies of the world and has all chances to be the first among them.
In addition, Russian citizens are ready to defend the honor of the country internationally, if need be. In the USA, only 43 percent of US citizens are ready to stand up and fight for freedom and sovereignty of the United States.
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