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Russians not fond of oligarchs

MOSCOW. April 8 (Interfax) - Most Russians (57%) feel negatively about oligarchs today. Only about every tenth (11%) have a positive attitude toward them. Nearly one third of those polled (31%) said they felt "normally" about big businessmen. These statistics were obtained by Interfax from the Agency for Regional Political Research, after conducting an all-Russia poll among 1,600 respondents in early April. According to the results of the study, people in the Siberian Federal District expressed their negative attitude toward oligarchs more often than others. So do senior citizens, respondents with a lower education level, pensioners, and housewives. Sociologists note that the most unfavorable remarks about oligarchs come from Russian Communist Party leader Gennady Zyuganov and his followers.

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