Half of all Russians (50%) are convinced that in the next four years, Russia's prestige in the world will grow. According to a survey conducted by the foundation Public Opinion, based on the responses of 1,500 on March 20, 2004, a mere 5% said they were convinced of the contrary.
In addition, 49% said that life in the country would change for the better. The economic situation was also a cause for optimism for many, with 47% said that it would improve in the next four years, 28% said they hoped that it would at the very least remain the same, while 10% predicated a deterioration.
"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