Most Russians (54%) would want Vladimir Putin to remain in office after his second term as Russian president ends in 2008. This was the result of a survey carried out by the agency for regional political research in over 100 towns and built-up areas in 40 different regions of the Russian Federation. Curiously, this figure was significantly higher in the North West Federal District.
On the other hand, 34% said they would not like Mr Putin to serve a third term as Russian president after 2008. This view is mostly held by supporters of the Communist Party and the Liberal Democrats.
52% of respondents said they did not believe that the presidential term of office should be extended to seven years while 42% said they are in favour of such a change. Male respondents were more skeptical about this than women. Interestingly, those respondents with higher education also tended to be more skeptical.
1500 people took part in the survey.
The head of the British army, Nick Carter, said that Moscow was capable of taking "hostile actions" against the United Kingdom and NATO much earlier than expected