Only 5 percent of Russians think that Georgia is trying to fight Chechenrebels in the Pankisi gorge. These are the results of a public opinion pollconducted by the Russian VCIOM Center for Public Opinion Research among1,600 Russian residents in 83 cities and settlements in 33 regions onAugust 21-27. These results are accurate within 3.8 percent.Eleven percent of respondents believe that Georgian authorities are notable to fight rebels and a third of those interviewed (35 percent) are surethat Georgian officials do not want to struggle against terrorists. About31 percent of respondents said that Georgia was helping Chechen militantsin their struggle against Russia. 18 percent of poll participants wereundecided..
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