The Yedinaya Rossiya (Unified Russia), the Communist Party and the LiberalDemocratic Party of Russia (LD) would surpass the 5-percent level,mustering 28, 21 and 7 percent respectively, if the elections to the StateDuma took place next Sunday. These are the results of an opinion poll, heldby the Public Opinion Foundation in 100 inhabited locations of 44 regionsand republics of the Russian Federation on August 17-18, 2002. 1,500respondents participated in the poll. According to it, Yabloko wouldreceive 4 percent, the Union of Right Forces (SPS) - 3 percent and theAgrarians - 2 percent of votes. One third of Russians (35%) found itdifficult to answer this question..
Putin said that NATO increased its military personnel by 10,000 people in the areas where NATO troops should not even be in accordance with key documents
The choice of the city of Helsinki is not incidental as the capital of Finland had hosted US-Soviet negotiations on the limitation of nuclear stockpiles in 1969