One third of Russians believe the YUKOS problem will make Russia weaker politically. This conclusion was reached by the National Public Opinion Research Centre after carrying out a survey of 1600 Russians. 20% of respondents held the opposite opinion while 50% remained unsure.
Also, 36% of respondents said they believe Russia will have a worse image among foreigners as a result of the YUKOS controversy. 16% said that, on the contrary, Russia's international reputation will improve.
37% said the prosecutor's office, which has made the allegations, is simply doing so at the command of President Vladimir Putin while 25% believe the prosecutor's office is working independently. The other respondents were uncertain.
Furthermore, 28% said the government and the company managers will 'reach an agreement' and the conflict will be resolved in this way. 17% said the government will demonstrate its authority and the matter will be closed in this way. However, 11% believe that pressure from oligarchs and foreign political and business leaders will force the Russian government to back down and stop prosecution proceedings.