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Russians Unsure Whether Security Services Organized High Profile Murders - Poll

File Photo of Older Russian Woman Holding Photo of Anna Politkovskaya Amidst Large GatheringMoscow, 5 October: The views of Russians on the possible involvement of the security services in the killings of former FSB (Federal Security Service) officer Aleksandr Litvinenko and Novaya Gazeta commentator Anna Politkovskaya are divided.

According to the findings of an opinion poll carried out in late September in 45 regions around Russia by sociologists from the Levada Centre, 31 per cent and 28 per cent of Russians believe the security services were involved in the deaths of Litvinenko and Politkovskaya respectively (20 per and 23 per cent respectively do not believe this). At the same time, one in two of those asked struggled to express an opinion on this issue (49 per cent in both cases).

Meanwhile, as the sociologists told Interfax on Wednesday (5 October), the majority of our compatriots doubt that the people who ordered this high-profile murders will be found and brought to court (59 per cent and 57 per cent), and only one in 10 is counting on this happening.

(Passage omitted: background to murders of Litvinenko and Politkovskaya)

(BBCM note: The fifth anniversary of Politkovskaya's death will be on 7 October. The fifth anniversary of Litvinenko's death will be on 23 November.)

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