Russians have become less afraid of war. This was the result of a survey carried out by the VTsIOM research agency. The survey revealed that at present Russians fear the loss of loved ones more than anything else. 48% said they fear this whereas in 1993 the figure was at 51%. 42% said they fear wars and large-scale conflicts whereas 11 years ago 56% said they feared this. Interestingly, middle-aged and elderly respondents appear to fear war the most.
56% of respondents claim there is now greater fear in Russia than there was four years ago while 31% disagree.
34% fear destitution (only 28% feared this in 1993) while 27% fear old age, illness and helplessness (just 20% feared this in 1993). However, less people are now afraid of hunger (fallen from 37% in 1993 to 25% in 2004). Also 5% less people now fear physical assault.
As in 1993, 22% of respondents fear the arbitrary power of government. Also, 9% of people fear Judgement Day while 8% fear public humiliation and 7% fear their own death.
The survey was carried out in January and involved 1600 respondents.
"We should use shock therapy to sober up the Americans. In this case, the Americans will speak about the need to resume dialogue. There is no other option"
The United States is concerned about the current crisis in the relations with Russia and suggests returning to reasonable policies to avoid a nuclear war