Forty-three percent of Russians said the international peacekeeping contingent deployed in Kosovo is incapable of putting an end to the Serb-Albanian conflict, and 30% expressed the opposite opinion, according to a poll.
The survey conducted by the Public Opinion foundation among 1,500 respondents has shown that 51% of those polled were opposed to Russia playing an active role in settling the inter-ethnic conflict in Kosovo, while 34%, mostly people with a higher education (43%) and men (41%), voiced the opposite view.
Another 11% said that Russia should contribute to efforts aimed at finding a peaceful solution to the conflict, 7% underscored the need for humanitarian aid, 6% mentioned military assistance for the Serb population and the rest 4% said that Russia should provide the Serbs with moral support.
Vadim Gorshenin, the head of Pravda.Ru media holding, describes several options of how the situation may develop in Russia in the near future, after Vladimir Putin's presidency
Three nuclear units of four have been disconnected at the Kalinin Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) in the Tver Region in Central Russia