Russian President Vladimir Putin is the most popular politician in Belarus. Such was the finding of a nationwide survey conducted in September 2002 in Belarus by the Independent Institute for Socio-Economic and Political Research.
To the question, 'Who among contemporary politicians at the highest level do you like best and comes closest to meeting your ideal for a politician?', 58% of those polled said they liked Vladimir Putin best. The Russian leader was clearly ahead in popularity vis-а-vis Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko, whom 26.6% of those polled said was their idea of a leader.
Trailing them came, in this order: German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder (15.9%), French President Jacques Chirac (13.7%), Cuban leader Fidel Castro (7.9%), Polish President Aleksandr Kwasniewski (7.6%), British Prime Minister Tony Blair (7%), US President George Bush (7%) and Ukraine President Leonid Kuchma.
Next in popularity came Saddam Hussein (Iraq), Bill Clinton (US), Slobodan Milosevic (Yugoslavia) and Boris Yeltsin (Russia).
A total of 1,519 Belarussians took part in the survey.
The co-author of this disaster is the Dutch government, which did not find either strength or desire to save the lives of its citizens who were flying on that plane. The Dutch authorities did not demand Ukraine to comply with international aviation regulations