Voices from Russia

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

VTsIOM Poll Sez Russians Most Trust Nazarbayev and Lukashenko of Post-Soviet Leaders

00 Presidents Nazarbayev and Lukashenko. Kazakhstan and Belarus. 11.12.13


A poll released Tuesday revealed that Russians rated Presidents Aleksandr Lukashenko of Belarus and Nursultan Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan as the most trustworthy leaders of the former Soviet states. The head of the Russian Federation wasn’t included in the poll carried out by the all-Russian Public Opinion Research Centre (VTsIOM). Forty-one percent of respondents selected Lukashenko as the most trusted leader among non-Russian figures in the SNG. Amongst the remaining ten heads of state, only two scored higher than 5 percent… Nazarbayev had 33 percent, and Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich had 10 percent. Russians also rated the two countries, which are part of the Eurasian Economic Union (EvrAsES) Customs Union trade bloc, as Russia’s most dependable partners. Freedom House rated all but two SNG members… Kyrgyzstan and Moldova… “Not Free” on their index {Freedom House can kiss my ass. They call everyone who opposes Western corporate rape of their countries “Not Free”. They’re nothing but obsequious running dogs of the American oligarchs: editor}. The leaders of Kyrgyzstan and Moldova, which Freedom House describes as “Partly Free” {because Kyrgyzstan foolishly allows US forces on its territory and Moldova sucks up to the EU: editor} scored two percent apiece in VTsIOM’s trustworthiness survey. VTsIOM questioned 1,600 people across Russia in mid-November; the margin of error of the poll was +/- 3.4 percent.

11 December 2013




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