Most Russians (59%) are convinced the war in Chechnya is still going on. This was the result of a survey carried out by the VTsIOM-A research group between November 27 and December 2. Only 28% of respondents said they believe life in Chechnya is becoming more peaceful. What is more, 67% said they think that talks should now begin to establish peace in the republic. However, 20% of Russians said that military operations must continue.
75% of respondents fear that members of their families could become victims of terrorist attacks while 9% said they are certain nothing of the kind will happen. 13% said they do not think about it.
When asked about Great Britain's decision to refuse Russia's request for the extradition of Akhmed Zakayev, 52% answered that 'in the West they enjoy any opportunity to annoy Russia.' Only 20% believe the Russian Attorney General's office was unable to provide reasonable grounds for Zakayev's extradition.
The survey was carried out in 40 regions of Russia (100 cities and built-up areas). 1600 people took part in the survey.