64% of Russians are convinced that the Chechen War is continuing compared to 59% in December, according to a recent VTsIOM survey. Only 26% said that live is peaceful in Chechnya down from 28% in December.
66% said that now is the time to begin peace talks, while only 20% are convinced that military activity should be continued. In regard to the goals in Chechnya of the Russian government, 40% said they are preserving Russian territorial integrity, 34% answered they are waging the war on international terrorism, 27% responded that the government was reestablishing constitutional law in Chechnya, 21% said they were providing security to other Russian regions, 18% answered that the government was pursuing the self-interests of a few individuals and 9% said they were demonstrating the greatness and strength of Russian power.
The survey was conducted among 1601 respondents in 40 regions of Russia from January 23 through January 26.
The massive explosion at the port of Beirut occurred due to the detonation of 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate, which was seized in 2014 from the ship Rhosus